Province Increases Funds for Student Transportation
TORONTO, Dec. 14 /CNW/ - The Ontario Government will provide an additional $29.3 million this year to help school boards and school bus operators provide safe, efficient transportation for students, Education Minister Janet Ecker announced today.
"This additional support will help to ensure that Ontario students are transported securely and reliably to school," Ecker said.
The supplementary funding will help boards and bus operators manage increased transportation costs, including the fluctuating price of fuel.
The province continues to work with school boards and other education partners to address transportation issues. The additional $29.3 million in one-time funding is $6 million more than additional support provided to school boards last year.
Each day, approximately 800,000 Ontario students travel a total of 1.9 million kilometres between home and school. The additional $29.3 million helps to recognize factors such as the challenges of transporting students to remote and rural schools.
"We continue to work to assess the priorities within our schools," Ecker said. "It is important that we continue to provide resources to support improved student learning and achievement."
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For more information visit www.edu.gov.on.ca
For further information: Scott Brownrigg, Minister's Office, (416) 325-4184; Tanya Cholakov, Ministry of Education, (416) 325-7526