March 17, 2016

Québec City, Québec, March 17, 2016 – The Quebec English School Boards Association (QESBA) believes that the Leitao budget is a first step in reinvesting in education.

The budget deposited today promises among other specific items an overall 3% increase. Furthermore, an additional investment of approximately $600 million over three years to reinvest specifically in infrastructure, $39 million to support early intervention for elementary students and $35 million to address the high school dropout rate. It is impossible to say how much exactly of this money the English system will actually see, the budget credits will allow for the exact amounts only in April.

“We believe that this is a first step into reinvesting in our future but it is just a beginning we must ensure that our students remain an indefinite priority,” said QESBA President Jennifer Maccarone. “Our network is proud to boast an 85% success rate, well above the average and goal of 80% by 2020, it proves that our system works and that our priority is our students’ success,” concluded the President.

QESBA is the voice of English public education in Québec