Liberals and NDP defend administrative spending
HALIFAX, NS – Only a Progressive Conservative government will cut administrative spending in education and invest in classrooms and kids, PC leader Jamie Baillie said today.
Baillie unveiled his party’s plan for education at Westmount Park in Halifax.
“NDP education cuts meant larger class sizes, fewer teachers, fewer programs and fewer opportunities for our children,” Baillie said. “The one thing it didn’t mean was fewer administrators. Like the NDP, the McNeil Liberals will continue to pay for eight superintendents and dozens of other administrative positions.”
A Progressive Conservative government will save $23 million a year by reducing the number of school boards to four – Capital, mainland rural, Cape Breton and the Conseil scolaire acadien provincial.
The Liberals say they will throw money at the system, but Stephen McNeil won’t say how he will improve our children’s education.
“A PC government will invest for results in education with smaller class sizes, clearer report cards, preparation for the jobs of tomorrow, tougher laws against bullying and cyberbullying and better test results,” Baillie said.
Highlights of the PC plan for education include:
• Placing a moratorium on rural school closures until the Nova Scotia Commission on the New Economy has finished its work
• Protecting rural classrooms by creating Community Hub Centres that bring together public and community services under one roof
• Supporting students with special needs by passing a Tuition Support Act
• Empowering School Advisory Councils to oversee the management of neighborhood schools
• Making sure the youngest Nova Scotians are ready to learn by investing in a comprehensive, province-wide early learning program
The reduction in the number of school boards will not impact seniority for unionized employees.
Only the PC Party has a fully costed plan, Change that Works, that will stop wasteful spending and invest in our children. Change that Works will turn Nova Scotia’s economy around by lowering taxes, freezing power rates and creating jobs.