Equal education funding gets big results on MB reserve

May 4, 2016

An education experiment is being hailed as a success and is serving as a model of the benefits of equal funding. In 2010, the Waywayseecappo First Nation in Manitoba made an agreement with the federal and provincial governments that brought the community’s school within the neighbouring provincial school division and boosted funding for each student to match that of the students in provincial schools. Early literacy rates have jumped, from 0% of grade 1 students reading at the provincial level in 2010 to 44% in 2015. Similar results in other grades and subjects, better attendance, and improved teacher retention are all accredited to the agreement and funding boost. Classroom sizes have gone down and behavioural issues have subsided significantly. Students are benefitting from teachers who regularly access provincial professional development training, and provincial students now come to the Waywayseecappo school for sports, woodworking, and cosmetology programs. “Things have gotten better in a hurry,” said Principal Troy Luhowy.

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