I am completely flummoxed, my flabber is gasted and, yes, my gob is smacked! I hold three pieces of paper from the government in my hands and I am completely at a loss as to how I could explain the contents of them to any parent, teacher, or student in our community.
A March 15, 2010 information bulletin claims, "Education Funding to Increase for Tenth Straight Year". It also states that Full Day Kindergarten and wage and benefit increases will be fully funded. In fact, the government claims that $54 million dollars will be set aside to fund those items.
A second document, ironically titled "Factsheet: Estimated Funding", estimates the cost of Full Day Kindergarten and wage and benefit increases in our district as $1,434,201.
Here is the really confusing part. The third document labeled "Factsheet: School Districts Receive $112 Million Increase in Operating Grants", states that the district's funding for this year was $42,151,195 with 4,024 students enrolled. Further, it states that, next year, the district's budget is slated to $42,151,195 with 4,009 students enrolled.
So, the school district will receive EXACTLY the same amount of money it did this year. It will fund Full Day Kindergarten, wage and benefit increases, AND a ridiculous list of other cost increases out of the same budget it operated on this year.
It appears "funding has increased" and "Full Day Kindergarten will be fully funded" are as believable as "The HST will be targeted to health care".
2009 funding of 42,151,195/4,024 = $10,474.949 per student
2010 funding of 42,151,195/4,009 = $10,514.141 per student
Increase in funding of $39.192 per student