A high school in the small Canadian town of Lincoln, Saskatchewan, is considering letting all students attend public schools, but it’s not the only one.
A new report by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives finds that at least one private school in Lincoln, the first in Canada, is also considering making it mandatory for all students to attend public school.
Here’s how you can make sure your school is taking its place on that list.
[CBC News]The Centre for Research in Public Policy, a think tank based in Vancouver, has released its new report, What’s the Best Option for Canada’s Public Schools?
The report found that public school enrolment is falling across the country, with some Canadian provinces facing the prospect of shutting down all schools.
In British Columbia, more than 50% of students enrolled in public schools in the 2015-16 school year were not enrolled in a full-time, year-round, school.
The report also found that a majority of public school students are now living in homes with no access to transportation or electricity.
Public school enrolments fell by nearly 10% in Canada in 2015-2016, according to the report.
This is despite the fact that public schools have seen some of the strongest growth in enrolment over the last decade.
And that growth is fueled by an increase in attendance from parents and students of all ages, as well as a reduction in school closures.
In 2017, more Canadians attended school at all levels than at any other time in history, according the report, with the average age of students at public schools up by nearly two years.
The biggest gains in attendance, however, have been in high-income, low-income students, according.
The report says that the number of public schools with students from low- to middle-income families has grown by more than 100,000 over the past three decades, a dramatic increase in enrolments that is in part a result of the expansion of public-school daycare, which allows children to be dropped off at daycare centres rather than in traditional schools.
That’s helped public school enrollment growth in British Columbia to more than 10% per year since 2006.
But the report notes that some provinces are experiencing challenges of their own: The number of schools with a full or part-time principal has fallen in some provinces and territories, and in some communities, the majority of teachers are now paid by private school districts.
Public school enrollement in Canada has fallen by almost one-third since 2000, according that report.
Public schools have also been hit harder by a wave of cuts in government funding, which has seen the closure of schools, cut back on teacher pay and cut back public spending on arts and culture.
While the report makes a number of recommendations for improving public education, the Centre for Economic Performance says that Canada needs to invest in high quality public education.
This includes making the public school system more sustainable, and improving access to and quality of education.
[Reuters]In an emailed statement, a spokesperson for the Lincoln School District said:The Lincoln School Board supports the recommendations in the report and welcomes their continued attention.
The Board has been working closely with its public school community and its elected officials to develop a plan to ensure that the students, staff and parents of Lincoln are receiving the best education possible.
The Lincoln School board has also committed to working with the province and private sector to strengthen and expand our programs to ensure we are providing the best public education possible for our students.
In the coming months, we will be working with our community partners and stakeholders to identify a plan that will serve our community.