Authorities in Edmonton, Canada, who once put a ban in place to stop Catholic schools from using casino funding, have decided to put a hold on the ban until the use of an alternate source of funds can be found.
There are several Catholic schools in the Edmonton area currently being funded by local casinos and can raise up to $6 million every 18 months, according to the CBC. This money funds school activities and helps to provide lunches to children, computers and even gym equipment. Recently, the Archbishop of Edmonton decided to but a ban on the raising of such funds which was to cease by October 1st of this year.
The reason behind the ban was due to the Archbishop’s decision to not receive funds from activities that he feels may hurt people, hence casinos. Now, the focus lies on finding an alternate solution to fund schooling and until then the ban will be placed on hold.
“The deeper question in all of this is why do our parents and our schools have to fund raise in the first place?” he asked. “Why are the necessities not funded out of a normal funding framework that comes out of general revenues?”
Aren’t tax dollars supposed to help fund schools in the first place?
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