TAAPCS issues response to Alberta Budget 2019

October 26, 2019, Calgary, AB – Public charter schools proudly provide educational choice to parents
and students within Alberta’s public education system. The Association of Alberta Public Charter
Schools (TAAPCS) views Alberta Budget 2019 as a call to action, for all school boards across the province.

While TAAPCS is pleased to see government follow through on its commitment to fund enrollment
growth, the department’s re-allocation of education funds to achieve this will present a significant
challenge to public charter schools with low operating and capital reserves. TAAPCS agrees that the
current funding model is not sustainable.

TAAPCS and our member public charter schools are committed to working with government and our
stakeholders to establish a new funding framework that meets the needs of students and supports
improved student learning in a fiscally responsible and sustainable manner.

“We are grateful to serve as partners in the provision of the best possible educational opportunities for
the students of our province and ensure that choice in education remains integral to Alberta’s education
Ron Koper, Chair, TAAPCS

The undertaking of establishing a new funding framework will compel Alberta’s educational
communities to collaborate and find innovative solutions with the shared goals of strengthening
Alberta’s education system and enhancing student outcomes.

The Association of Alberta Public Charter Schools (TAAPCS) represents Alberta’s 13 charter schools,
focused on working together to support choice and innovation in public education to achieve
improvements in student learning. For more information visit,

For further inquiries:

Ron Koper
Board Chair – TAAPCS,
Vice Chair – Connect Public Charter School
(403) 862-4030 /

Dale Erickson
President – TAAPCS, Superintendent – Calgary Arts Academy
(403) 863-3253 /