Government funding for students increases as enrollment grows

Students, teachers and support staff will be better supported this year with an additional $204 million in operating and special grants distributed to public school districts across the province. That’s in addition to more than $6.

Students, teachers and support staff will be better supported this year with an additional $204 million in operating and special grants distributed to public school districts across the province.

This is in addition to more than $6.3 billion from preliminary estimates in March and is the result of an increase of more than 10,500 students in public schools in British Columbia last September. The increase includes:

· an additional $69.6 million for students with special needs, an increase of 11.1%;

· an additional $7.5 million targeted for Aboriginal education, an increase of 8.2%; and

· An additional $3.7 million for English and French Language Learning (ELL/FLL), an increase of 3.6%.

The total number of students in British Columbia rose this year to more than 667,000, the highest since 2004.

This includes a net increase of approximately 10,400 students who moved to BC from out of province and a net increase of nearly 1,000 students who transitioned from independent to public education in September. last.

Increasing school funding to support enrollment growth is part of the province’s commitment to providing the best possible educational experience for students, while providing teachers and support staff with the resources they need to deliver a world-class education.

Budget 2022 ensures BC’s education system has the highest school operating and capital funding ever to support students and invest in schools. This includes investing $21.5 billion over three years to provide K-12 education, an increase of $3.4 billion from 2016.

This increased operating funding provides record investments for the Supplement for Children and Youth in Care, Indigenous Learners, Rural Schools, Students with Special Needs, and Supports for Students with Mental Health Needs.

Children and youth in care, children living in low-income families and more students with mental health issues benefit from an additional $24 million allocated to school districts in 2021-22 .

Districts can use the supplement to provide additional supports and services to these students, including trauma counseling, tutoring, mental health prevention strategies, or hiring additional support staff.

Students in rural schools will benefit from an allocation of $331.8 million this year, which is $9.7 million more than last year and $59.6 million more than in 2016-2017.

The amount of money school districts are receiving to support Indigenous learners and students with special needs is also increasing for the 2021-22 school year. Targeted funding for Indigenous learners is $98.4 million in 2021-22, an increase of $28.8 million (41.3%) since the 2016-17 school year.

Students with special needs are receiving $696.6 million in additional funding in 2021-22, an increase of $231.9 million (50%) since the 2016-17 school year.

The operating grants released in December are based on actual enrollment as of September 29, 2021, providing school districts with recalculated funding to support their operations for the current school year. Districts receive preliminary operating grants in March of each year based on expected enrollment.

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