(Black Press)

One in eight B.C. kids enrolled in independent schools: report

Fraser Institute study finds that public school enrolment is falling

More B.C. parents than ever are sending their kids to independent schools, a Fraser Institute report found.

The think tank’s data shows that independent school enrolment numbers have gone up by 35 per cent over the past 12 years, while public school enrolment has decreased by 12 per cent in the same time period. In the 2014/2015 school year, one in every eight B.C. kids went to an independent school.

B.C. is one of four provinces, including Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Quebec, who partially fund independent schools. Those five provinces have the highest rates of independent school enrolment in Canada.

RELATED: BCTF dispute heading to top court

The union representing public school teacher, the B.C. Teachers’ Federation, has been locked in a legal battle over class size and composition with the B.C. government since 2002. Then-education minister Mike Bernier said the province was committed to working with the union to hire more teachers.

RELATED: 1,100 teachers to be hired in interim staffing deal

The fight, which cost the province $2.6 million in legal fees, ended this winter when the Supreme Court of Canada ruled in the BCTF’s favour.

RELATED: B.C.’s legal battle with teachers’ unions cost $2.6M

hr style=”width:100%;” />

@katslepian

katya.slepian@bpdigital.ca

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Just Posted

Participation by women in West Kootenay/Boundary elections up slightly

More running than in 2014, but about same number as 2011

More burning prohibitions rescinded in southeast B.C.

Category 2 and 3 fires will be permitted in Southeast Fire Centre as of 1p.m. on Wednesday.

High hazard in downtown Trail

Roofing work began early Monday morning at the Trail Memorial Centre

Second hospital road part of plan, says Trail mayor

Martin was in Whistler last week for the UBCM; city delegation met with health ministry

Syringa Creek fire ‘being held’

The fire has burned 3193 hectares; Deer Creek fire is also “being held” at 3849 hectares

B.C. RCMP turn to Const. Scarecrow to shock speeders into slowing down

New addition will watch over drivers from a Coquitlam median for first-of-its-kind pilot in Canada

Canadian air force short 275 pilots

Attrition outpaces recruitment and training claims Air Force

Teacher suspended after physically shushing, saying ‘shut up’ to student

Grade 5 student reported feeling ‘confused and a little scared’

A B.C. society helps to reforest Crown land after wildfires

Forest Enhancement Society of BC focuses on wildfire mitigation and the reforestation

B.C. marijuana workers may face U.S. border scrutiny

Cannabis still illegal federally south of the border

New political party holds an informational session in Vernon

Maxime Bernier’s The People’s Party of Canada draws about 2o interested patrons to Vernon pub.

B.C. MLAs reminded of rural school struggles

Finance committee hears of falling enrolment, staff shortages

B.C. VIEWS: ’Not photo radar’ coming soon to high-crash areas

ICBC deficit now largely due to reckless and distracted driving

Researchers tag great white shark in Atlantic Canada

Information will be used to learn more about where white sharks move in Canadian waters

Most Read