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Calgary charges $510 for bus to immersion program

April 17, 2012

Parents balk at higher fees

CBE says it must cover shortfall

As the Calgary Board of Education overhauls what it charges for busing and noon supervision, it is facing criticism over which alternative programs it is targeting for significantly higher fees.

The new schedule released by the board tags parents of a child in elementary school alternative programs with a $510 bill next fall for bus and lunch supervision, a 72 per cent increase.

The board says it simply costs more to transport kids in these types of programs, which range from French immersion right down to all-boys, because most aren’t going to their local school.

But the head of one parent group questions why some popular programs like French immersion will be forced to pay the same fees as far more unusual offerings that are likely much more expensive.

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