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EXCLUSIVE: Province pumps billions into education

The budget will include $11 billion for schools across the province

After weeks of spending announcements, the province will slapping more money down in Thursday's budget.

Newstalk 1010 has learned it will put $11 billion over ten years towards capital grants for schools across the province - money used by school boards to build new buildings and renovate existing ones.

That funding includes a four-year investment of $750 million dedicated to solving capacity issues. The province will urge school boards to work together to move students from schools at over-capacity to to ones that have empty classrooms.

Right now, over 600 schools are at below 50 per cent capacity. More than 1,000 are over-capacity, having to build temporary fixes  - or "portables" - to house classes.

This investment is new money but it is unclear where it is coming from.

Sources say the province is focused on investing in "our students to succeed and continue to be the best in the English speaking world."

At an event the day before the budget, Premier Kathleen Wynne knocked down suggestions the province is spending too much. She says they're making "strategic investments."

Despite these funding announcements, the province continues to deal with its $11.3 billion deficit. The Finance Minister has said the province will still have a balanced budget by 2017-18 but likely won't meet interim targets.

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  1. Frankie posted on 05/01/2014 03:11 PM
    Why don't the Liberals simply stand at the polling stations and hand out cash to the teachers?
    1. Mike posted on 05/01/2014 05:02 PM
      @Frankie What does spending money on crumbling, mould- filled schools have to to with teachers Frankie? I find it interesting that SUN radio listeners have such an erection for the teaching profession. I always know it's a slow news day when the SUN and 1010. (Same thing) bring out a story on education to rally all the angry neocons.
    2. fred davis posted on 05/01/2014 07:48 PM
      @Mike I am a teacher, and I know this money is being given for one reason, to appease the crooked unions who build the schools. Believe me, I have seen jobs that should take ten minutes, stretch out for a full day, with NINE workers doing said job (planting ONE tree). I have seen workers stand around looking at the ceiling, for hours, seemingly doing nothing to fix whatever it is they are supposed to fix. I am told not to even change the clock forward or back when it is that time of year, because I must let the unions do it, by filling out a form!
  2. Mark posted on 05/01/2014 07:26 PM
    11 BILLION ???? A bit rich don't you think. In fact, where the hell did that number come from.

    Fact is - this has nothing to do with good policy. It is no more than a sugar cookie to the fat piggy teachers to remind them who their mommy is. After all, Daulty got the message clear from the piggy teachers, and that is to pay up or the teacher piggys will mess up everything.

    Pay up those teachers say - or they will do what they always do and will indoctrinate the students with leftist rubbish and lies, screw parents, walk out, strike, and otherwise act like spoiled little children.

    I hate f-ing teachers and stupid corrupt liberals. They are such pigs and libby mommy is obviously just further feathering the nest of those greedy pigs.
    1. Noyb posted on 05/01/2014 08:26 PM
      @Mark If you actually read the article Mark you would have noticed that the money is going to school infrastructure upgrades and scheduling efficiencies for under and overfilled schools. Not teachers. Why so angry? Are you a broadcast school loser who makes nothing and does nothing but complain?
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