After years of Sask. Party cuts to education, Saskatchewan New Democrats committed to investing, now, to cut classroom sizes and hire the much-needed teachers, education assistants, and support staff for our schools.
“We saw how the Sask. Party’s $54 million cut to our schools hurt Saskatchewan kids, and now as we face COVID-19, the future cuts to education that Scott Moe has already promised are downright dangerous,” said Meili. “The Sask. Party has made it clear that their plan is cuts to our schools, which means more kids in every class, and more worry for parents.”
Meili’s commitment will make $125 million available to address over-crowded classrooms. This funding could fund 1,000 teachers, 750 educational assistants, and 400 caretakers.
This is in addition to the $10 million previously allocated to addressing mental health in schools.
Meili was joined by teacher Gillian Strange, who is running against Education Minister and author of the worst back to school plan in Canada, Gord Wyant, in Saskatoon Northwest.
“As a teacher, I know that Sask. Party cuts were making things harder for kids and families before COVID-19, but they are so much worse now,” said Strange. “We need a Premier who will fix the problems in our schools, instead of ignoring them. A Premier who will invest in our schools, not one that’s satisfied with the status quo.”