May 5, 2014 4:32 pm

Parents urged to voice concerns about school fee increase

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CALGARY- Parents who are upset about a proposed rise in school fees are being encouraged to speak up.

On Friday, the Calgary Board of Education announced that budget constraints could lead to increases in school fees—specifically for supplies, noon supervision and transportation.

That has upset many parents, who say they are already struggling to make ends meet. Alberta’s education minister says he wants them to make their complaints heard.

“Any parents or trustees that have concerns about that or feedback about that should talk to the [regulatory] review committee, because one of the things we were asked to do is look at the fences that maybe should be put around school boards for fees,” explains Minister Jeff Johnson.

He added that draft regulations should be coming out this summer, before being implemented into the new education act.

Trustees will debate the fee increases at a CBE meeting on Tuesday. The budget still requires board approval.

-With files from Carolyn Kury de Castillo

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