KELOWNA – School District 23 is getting $2,236,720 through the Learning Improvement Fund to support students with special needs and $433,484 through the BC Education Plan Fund to support struggling readers at school.
“The Learning Improvement Fund, in addition to the more than $850 million the Province annually provides for special needs students, will ensure that classrooms are well-equipped to serve students and support their teachers.”
Kelowna-Mission MLA Steve Thomson
“Reading is obviously an essential skill. The BC Education Plan Fund will help fund programs that support students struggling with reading to develop and improve, so that students leave the public school system equipped with the strongest education possible.”
Westside-Kelowna MLA Ben Stewart
“The Learning Improvement Fund will disperse $60 million to BC school districts in coming school year, and the BC Education Plan will disperse $10.7 million. These grants are designed to support students in foundational skill development like reading and to help special needs students succeed to their fullest potential.”
Kelowna-Lake Country MLA Norm Letnick
- The B.C. government is doubling the LIF from $30 million to $60 million for the coming school year. The increase is due to provincewide operational savings of $37 million resulting from last month’s three-day teachers’ strike.
- All of the strike savings will remain with school districts with $30 million being applied to the LIF, and the remaining $7 million to be used by school boards for educational priorities in their respective districts.
- For more information on the Learning Improvement Fund, please visit http://www.newsroom.gov.bc.ca/2012/04/strike-savings-boost-bcs-learning-improvement-fund.html
- For more information on the BC Education Plan Fund, please visit http://www.newsroom.gov.bc.ca/2012/03/students-help-chart-the-future-of-bc-education.html