Alberta Conservatives support American-style vouchers that would defund public education - 2019-12-03
This past weekend, Alberta's United Conservative Party voted on several policy motions during their annual general meeting. The most controversial motion was one asking members whether they support a voucher system for the province's schools. UCP members voted 307 in favour and 267 opposed. Though Alberta's education Minister has nixed the idea, for now, the Kenney government has a history of going back on their word.
The United States popularized the school voucher system. Under such a framework, public funding would follow students to whichever institution they are enrolled in. For instance, if parents place their kids in a private school, the per-student funding would go to that private institution.
Considering that the UCP has frozen education funding, that could mean that with more money going to private schools and homeschooling, funding for public schools would drop.