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Information regarding Bill 1 - Letter to Families from Minister Eggen

March 06, 2017

On March 2, 2017, the Government of Alberta tabled Bill 1: An Act to Reduce School Fees. If Bill 1 is passed, it will come into effect in the 2017-2018 school year.

We invite families to read the following letter from Education Minister David Eggen for information on Bill 1. You may view the original letter on our website. A printable PDF of the letter is also attached.


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Dear Parents and Guardians,

 

I am pleased to share with you some information about Bill 1: An Act to Reduce School Fees, which our

government recently introduced in the legislature. By introducing this legislation, our government is

working to make life better and more affordable for Alberta families.


If Bill 1 is passed, these fee reductions will come in to effect this fall and no Alberta family will be

required to pay for instructional supplies or materials, or for certain types of student transportation, as

outlined below. These two school fees represent approximately 25 per cent of the fees collected each

year by school boards, and reducing them would lead to Alberta families saving more than $50 million

annually.


Instructional supplies or materials include fees for textbooks, workbooks, printing and paper costs

incurred by their public schools. It also includes any common fees that are charged to an entire student

body, or grade cohort. These fees can be referred to as—among other titles—instructional fees,

instructional materials or basic fees. To date, school fees have varied significantly from school to school,

so your savings will depend on the type and amount of fees currently charged by your child's school.

 

Bill 1, if passed, will also remove bus fees for eligible students traveling to their designated school. That

means that if your child attends his or her designated school and that school is more than 2.4 kilometres

away from your home, you will not be charged transportation fees. Insome circumstances—for

example, if parents choose to enrol their child in a school other than their designated school—fees may

still be incurred.

 

Our government understands that times are tough for Alberta families and is working to make education

more affordable. We believe that all students deserve access to a quality education in an Alberta school,

and we are committed to reducing financial barriers such as school fees.

 

Further details about Bill 1 will be released in the coming months, and additional information will be

available on the Alberta Education website at https://education.alberta.ca/. If you have questions about

your school's school fees, please contact your school or school board directly.

 

Sincerely,

David Eggen

Minister of Education


228 Legislature Building, 10800 - 97 Avenue, Edmonton, AJberta T5K 2B6 Canada Telephone 780-427-5010 Fax 780-427-5018

 

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