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Manitoba Invests $4M to Further Reduce Class Sizes

By Sarah Klein

Nancy Allan

Education Minister Nancy Allan speaks at John M. King School in Winnipeg on Monday, February 11, 2013. (CHRISD.CA)

The Manitoba government is spending $4 million to further reduce the size of classes for children in kindergarten to Grade 3.

Education Minister Nancy Allan announced Monday the increase in the province’s Class Size Initiative in 2013-14 during a news conference at John M. King School.

“Every parent wants their child to receive the attention they need in the classroom,” Allan said. “Smaller class sizes and investments in teaching contribute significantly to improving the quality of education in our province because students do better when they receive more one-on-one time. Our investment will allow our schools to hire 69 new fulltime teachers.”

The province announced $27.2 million in new education funding last month. This latest investment will increase the class size reduction initiative to $7 million for the 2013-14 school year and target school divisions with the need for additional teachers to reduce class sizes.

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