2012/13 ­Proposed Budget

The budget proposed by Provincial Executive Council (PEC) for 2012/13 is a step away from becoming the ­approved budget for 2012/13, and that step is perhaps the most important one. On the Victoria Day long weekend, in May, local delegates to the 95th Annual Representative Assembly (ARA) will gather in Calgary to consider, among other matters, the approval of a budget and a membership fee for the 2012/13 fiscal year.

Although a budget is viewed by most as a financial document, the Association’s budget also sets the ­direction for Association activities and programs for the upcoming year. The consideration of the budget by ARA ­delegates needs to go well beyond just dollars and cents: delegates need to examine the merit of the programs proposed and consider their value to members, to education and to the Association.

The proposed budget for 2012/13 includes two new programs. One is a pilot study with a partnering school jurisdiction to address the factors that contribute to increased teacher workload. This program will involve three projects, one each at the elementary, junior and senior high levels that will develop innovative strategies to address factors such as curriculum overload and excessive requirements to report student performance. The second is to a program to implement forthcoming recommendations from the Committee on First Nations, Métis and Inuit ­Education (FNMI) Policy and Action Plan related to professional supports for teachers working with FNMI ­students. The expected total cost of these two new programs is $35,000.

The proposed budget also foresees the completion or discontinuance of five current programs. The research projects on curriculum design will conclude in 2012/13. Funding for the Education Research Foundation will be discontinued, pending the outcomes of the Research ­Development Centre and the readiness of Alberta’s ­education partners to strategically plan, coordinate and disseminate long-term research on education topics. Furthermore, ­contributions to the Alberta Assessment Consortium for designing ­performance-based student assessment and the national study on the future of the principalship will also be ­discontinued in the 2012/13 fiscal year. Last, the FNMI Committee will have completed its work and will be disbanded by PEC by the end of this year.

The proposed budget also includes programs that, though not new for 2012/13, are undergoing a significant change in focus. This budget provides for an in-depth study of a sample of children, youth and teachers across Alberta’s ­kindergarten to Grade 12 system, with a focus on the psycho-social and physiological effects of digital ­technologies on their learning behaviour and attitudes. As well, the 2012/13 budget continues to fund research on educational transformation to advance the profession’s view of ­government initiatives in assessment, student reporting practices and high school transitions.

Proposed Annual Fee for 2012/13

Based on information to date, Provincial Executive Council will propose to ARA a fee of $1,221 per full-time member for 2012/13, which is an overall increase of $27, or 2.3 per cent, compared to the current fee of $1,194. The table below shows the division of the current and proposed fees.

 

2011/12 Approved Fee

2012/13 Proposed Fee

Funding for programs for which the local rebate does not apply

 $129.00 $132.00 

Funding for programs for which the local rebate applies

$832.80   $852.00

Local rebate

 
 $208.20  $213.00

Special levy to fund the Office Staff Pension Plan

 $24.00  $24.00

Total Fee

$1,194.00

$1,221.00

The Association’s annual budget is divided into two parts. The first part includes programs that are funded by a fee that is subject to a local rebate. That is, for each dollar of the membership fee that is applied to this part of the budget, 20 per cent is rebated to local ­associations to fund their operations. The second part includes programs that are funded by a fee that is not subject to the local rebate.

Part 1: Budget by Program Area

The table below compares expenditures in the first part of the budget by program area for the 2011/12 approved budget and the 2012/13 proposed budget. It also provides a general description of the mandate of each program area. 

Program Area

Mandate

2011/12
Approved
Budget

2012/13
Proposed
Budget

Government

To govern the Association and provide for its obligations ­beyond Alberta’s borders, to liaise with other organizations within Alberta, to maintain communications internally with the membership and externally with the public and to improve conditions for ­education through political involvement of members.

$7,289,700

$7,722,700

Teacher Welfare 

To improve the economic well-being of teachers through work in collective bargaining, pension, insurance, and to effect increases in the funding of education.

 $2,942,300

$3,156,500

Member Services 

To provide services to individual members on matters requiring discipline, legal assistance and professional relations; to provide general service to and consultation with locals, sublocals and staff as requested; and to enhance awareness of the Association’s services.

$4,563,700 

$4,771,900 

Professional Development 

To provide for the improvement of teaching practice through specialist councils, conventions, curriculum work, current issues, local leadership development, assistance to local PD committees, field service and representation to other subgroups; to prepare a corps of instructors and facilitators; to improve the preservice education of teachers; to provide liaison with other agencies in these fields and extended field experiences.

$4,578,600

$4,935,400

Building

To provide and maintain physical facilities for Association offices in both Edmonton and Calgary. 

$1,930,700

$2,160,200 

Operations 

To provide for the financial and business operation of the ­Association. Includes business management, accounting, general office work, human resources and document production. Provides services to other program areas and subgroups.

$4,072,700

$4,242,000

Nondepartmental Commitments

To provide for items that are not directly a part of any other department and for items affecting all or most other ­departments but that cannot be reasonably provided for within the ­department.

$1,341,300

$1,401,200

Food Services

To provide a catering service for participants at meetings and other functions held in Barnett House; to operate a cafeteria ­service for staff, tenants and the public.

$690,900

$706,500 

Information and Technology Services

To maintain and ­safeguard the Association’s information ­technology systems and equipment and to develop and maintain electronic capabilities and processes required by other program areas.

$1,920,000

$1,972,700

Total Expenditure   $29,329,900 $31,069,100

Part 2: Expenditures and Allocations

Member fees required to fund the second part are not subject to the local rebate and 100 per cent of these fees are available to fund provincial Association programs that are included in the second part of the budget. The table below compares expenditures and allocations in the second part of the budget for the 2011/12 approved budget and the 2012/13 proposed budget and provides a brief description of the nature of the expenditure.

Expenditures and Allocations

Description

2011/12
Approved
Budget
2012/13
Proposed
Budget

Canadian Teachers' Federation

Provides support for CTF based on a per capita fee.

$854,500

$879,100

Capital Fund

Provides for an annual allocation to the fund, which is used to purchase any capital asset purchases.

 $443,000

$1,110,000

Special Emergency Fund

Provides for an annual allocation to the fund, which is used to fund emergent actions as approved by ­Provincial Executive Council.

$726,600

$627,600

Technology Services Project Development

Provides annual funding for developing components of the TNET project.

$700,000

$700,000

Specialist Council Membership Grants

Provides for the annual operating grants to the ­Association’s 22 specialist councils.

$680,000

$615,000

Accountability Action Plan

Provides funding for the Real Learning First program, a multifaceted plan that focuses on accountability in education as it relates to the teacher’s role in student assessment, evaluation and reporting.

$100,000

$100,000

Mortgage

Provides for principal and interest payments on the funds borrowed to fund the renovations of the ­Seymour Tower.

$1,271,700

$1,106,400

Office Staff Pension Plan

Provides for the Association’s legal obligation to resolve the unfunded liability of the pension plan.

$679,000

$679,000 

Total Expenditure   $5,382,800 $5,817,100