WHEREAS school boards receive education funding primarily on a per student basis; and
WHEREAS rural populations are declining in some areas of Alberta; and
WHEREAS school jurisdictions with declining enrolments experience funding reductions that far exceed their ability to reasonably reduce expenses;
THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Rural Municipalities of Alberta supports the Alberta School Boards Association position that the Government of Alberta review the K-12 funding formula for schools and school boards.
In the fall of 2017, the Alberta School Boards Association (ASBA) approved the following motion:
Be it resolved that ASBA requests the Government of Alberta undertake a comprehensive review of the K-12 Funding Framework in its entirety in consultation with school boards.
To date, this review has not commenced. The majority of funding in all three “envelopes” of funding provided for education in Alberta (instruction, plant operations and maintenance, and transportation) all primarily use per-student funding as its basis.
The rural population decline throughout the province negatively impacts rural school boards, as the operational costs for rural schools is not significantly reduced despite these schools operating at far less than capacity.
The result is that rural schools and school boards are at a disadvantage in terms of receiving funding from the province, leaving the per student operational costs for rural schools to be higher than that of urban schools.
RMA has no active resolution directly related to this issue.