Four in Five Albertans Support More Funding to Address Class Size

Release Date 2018 03 20

March 20, 2018

First, it was teachers and then it was Alberta’s auditor general. Now we can add the Alberta public to a growing list of groups expressing concern about the size of Alberta’s classrooms.

A recent poll conducted by Environics Research shows 80 per cent of Albertans support increased funding to reduce class sizes, and nearly 90 per cent support funding to provide aid to English language learners and students with special needs.

Alberta Teachers’ Association president Greg Jeffery said teachers are reassured by the results but want the government to take immediate action in Thursday’s budget.

“To know so many Albertans share the concerns teachers share with me on a regular basis is heartening and disheartening at the same time. Having that support is great, but Alberta should not be in this position to begin with. Teaching and learning conditions in the province are deteriorating and funding to address important issues is needed and needed now.”

- Greg Jeffery, ATA president

Key Survey Findings

  • 80 per cent of Albertans supported increasing education funding to reduce class sizes, including 50 per cent that strongly support doing so.
  • Nearly 90 per cent of Albertans said they would support increasing funding for special needs and English language learners, including 55 per cent that strongly support doing so.
  • 86 per cent of Albertans agreed that provincewide standards for maximum classroom sizes are needed.
  • 80 per cent of Albertans now express some level of concern about the level of in-class supports for students with special needs and English language learners

 

“Students in oversize classes today need to see real improvements in the education budget this Thursday. There shouldn’t be kindergarten classrooms with more than 30 students in them. There shouldn’t be full-time students with special needs making do with part-time educational assistants, and there shouldn’t be English language learners without English language teachers and supports. Alberta students and teachers deserve better.”

- Greg Jeffery, ATA president

 


This Environics poll was commissioned by the Alberta Teachers’ Association and conducted from February 20 to 28, interviewing 815 adults. Data was statistically weighted to reflect the Alberta population.

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Laura Harris
Communications Officer
780-447-9476
laura.harris@ata.ab.ca