On the campaign trail in Burnaby, B.C. NDP Leader John Horgan announced an NDP government will commit funding for playgrounds and supplies for districts around the province.
He says $30-million would flow into districts annually.
“Certainly we’ll leave it up to school boards to decide how they spend this money. They may focus on textbooks, they may focus on computer equipment, they may focus on playgrounds, but if there is a need, schools will be able to access our community partnership fund as well.”
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Earlier this year, the B.C. Liberals announced a $29-million injection into B.C. school districts for the very same thing.
So what’s the difference? Horgan says the NDP’s is not a one-time thing.
“We are going to have that fund extended into year two and year three of our three-year fiscal plan.”
Horgan says the B.C. Liberals asked school boards to find $54-million in savings in 2014 and 2015. He says because of that, there’s been a backlog of funding and districts have been neglected.