$3-million investment to be made in innovation funding (08/09/29)

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Sept. 29, 2008

WOODSTOCK (CNB) - Teachers across the province will receive an additional $3.02 million this school year to fund over 300 innovative learning projects in the key areas of literacy, numeracy and science, Education Minister Kelly Lamrock announced today. Lamrock made the announcement while speaking at a meeting of the Woodstock Rotary Club.

"Our children have to be the main focus of our education system," Lamrock said. "That's why we called our education plan When Kids Come First. The funding announced today will allow our teachers to think outside the box to bring the very best learning opportunities to our children, particularly in the critical areas of literacy, math and science."

The funding comes from the Innovative Learning Fund, which was established under the When Kids Come First plan, to provide financial support to innovative educators by investing in original projects led by teachers and school teams. Successful projects will be shared with educators around the province so that innovators may learn from each other.

An investment of $1.1 million will be made in 149 projects in the nine anglophone school districts, and $733,829 will be invested to continue 123 projects in the five francophone school districts. Another $620,000 for the anglophone sector and $566,171 for the francophone sector will be invested in additional projects that have not yet been approved. The individual projects will be unveiled in the coming weeks.

"We are so proud of our teachers," Lamrock said. "Government cannot build the best education system in Canada by itself; we need partners. Parents, students and communities will be key partners in this effort, but our teachers stand out. I sincerely thank all of the dedicated educators who have come forward to submit ideas to the Innovative Learning Fund, and congratulate those who will be receiving funding in this round."

With this announcement, total funding through the Innovative Learning Fund since it was announced in June 2007 is $6.8 million. The fund is one of 140 initiatives in When Kids Come First, which will put New Brunswick on track to build the best education system in Canada and achieve self-sufficiency.


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