Changes in school fees welcomed
Monday, Mar 13, 2017 06:00 am
The Alberta government’s recent announcement to change how school fees are paid for students across the province is a step in the right direction.
Premier Rachel Notley announced March 2 the province has drafted a bill that will reduce instructional supplies and material fees for the parents of nearly 600,000 students across the province, and fees for students who ride the bus to their designated school will also be removed (see story on page 8).
If the bill is passed, it will be in place this fall and Notley said it will save Alberta families approximately $50 million per year.
Olds-Didsbury-Three Hills Wildrose MLA Nathan Cooper said parents often refer to September as “chequetember”, which couldn’t be more accurate.
Back to school time is one of the most expensive times for parents, between purchasing school supplies, backpacks, lunchboxes, clothes and shoes. A reduction in school fees will help to alleviate some of that financial weight, especially in today’s economy, when many parents are laid off and can’t afford to purchase new clothes and school supplies for their children.
Parents will still have other school fees to pay, but reducing and removing some of those fees is certainly a step in the right direction.