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80% of all increases in school spending went to salaries, benefits and pensions

Salaries, pensions and benefits are responsible for the majority of public-school spending in Canada, a new study finds.

Nearly 80% of all increases in public-education spending in the country went to compensating teachers and staff, the Fraser Institute report, entitled 2016 Understanding the Increases in Education Spending in Public Schools in Canada, shows.

  • Spatchcocked

    Damned lies. The teachers say it’s all for the kids.

    • Liberal Progressive

      It is necessary for them to impart their values on all children!

      Who else is going to teach them that your values must rule in the workplace?

  • canminuteman

    Realistically, what else would it go to?

    • Well some should go to school maintenance for starters.

      This is money above and beyond education funding that should never have had to be robbed from taxpayers and spent fixing schools that were deliberately allowed to deteriorate.

      Ontario Investing $1.1 Billion To Improve School Buildings

      • canminuteman

        Yes, but even spending money on maintenance is spending money on the wages of the people who do the maintenance. It’s still spending money on wages.

        • But that is money that should have come from the original budget allocation, not new money taken from taxpayers to pay for deliberate neglect.

      • Exile1981

        Our local school board did zero maintenance on 4 schools till they were trashed than got the province to cough up millions for a new one. Saved on maintence and the school board saw it as a plus.

  • Waffle

    Public schools are cesspools of lies, propaganda, illiteracy and innumeracy. If you can’t afford to send your kids to private school, home school them.

    • Liberal Progressive

      No, no, no!

      The teachers must impart their values on the children. You can’t let ignorant parents do it!

      • Waffle

        You’re so right. That would be tantamount to child abuse.

  • A Hamilton Guy

    My grandaughter hopes to private school her little guy, I’ll gladly help. I don’t need him subjected to the commie manifesto.

  • Brett_McS

    The iron law of bureaucracies: They all end up being run solely for the benefit of the employees. If you actually want the service they are supposed to be providing you will need to organise it yourself.

  • Tom Forsythe

    Those who teach in government schools should have to retire to government nursing homes.

  • Raymond Hietapakka

    Tundra Bay…90% of all municipal tax revenue goes to pay employees’ wages, benefits, and pensions.

  • FactsWillOut

    Big deal.
    The lion’s share of Bell’s, Telus’, GE’s, Union Carbide’s, Proctor and Gamble’s, etc, revenues go to pay employee salaries,benefits and pensions as well.

    That being said, there should not be any public schools.
    If you can find a given service in the private sector, then, generally, the government has no business providing that service. Period.

    • Clink9

      But then what would I do with the money I wouldn’t be paying for property taxes.

  • dance…dancetotheradio

    Wake me up when it gets to a hundred and ten percent.