By Letter to the Editor on March 15, 2017.
Our government is making practical changes to make your life more affordable. A perfect example of this is the introduction of Bill 1: An Act to Reduce School Fees.
Two years ago, our government ran on a platform commitment to reduce the burden of school on Alberta families. The introduction of this important piece of legislation is us following through on the commitment.
The previous government stood by and watched as costs on parents piled up every September — and they did nothing. This is money that could be better spent on food, clothing, the mortgage and other life necessities.
Our government is doing things differently.
If passed, Bill 1 will eliminate instructional supplies and material fees for the parents of nearly 600,000 Alberta students. Starting this fall, for example, paying for textbooks, workbooks, printing and paper costs incurred by schools will be a thing of the past.
Bill 1 will also remove fees charged to students who live outside of the School Act’s defined walk limit and ride the bus to their designated school.
All told, this legislation will save Albertans more than $50 million annually.
So join me and my colleagues in celebrating Bill 1 and our government’s efforts to make your lives better.
(The writer is Alberta’s minister of education.)
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