Series GR-0916 - Commission of Inquiry into Educational Finance

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Commission of Inquiry into Educational Finance

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  • 1944-1946 (Creation)
    British Columbia. Commission of Inquiry into Educational Finance [1944]

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19 cm of textual records

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The Commission of Inquiry into Educational Finance was established under Section 5 of the Public Inquiries Act by order in council 1833, dated November 27, 1944. Maxwell A. Cameron, Professor of Education at the University of British Columbia, was appointed sole commissioner. The Commission was to inquire into the existing distribution of powers and responsibilities between the Provincial Government and the School Districts and to appraise the present fiscal position of the School Districts in British Columbia, and without restricting the generality of the foregoing, to inquire into and report upon:

(a) the present responsibilities of the School Districts; the character and extent of the services now provided by them; and the present costs of such services;
(b) the present resources of the School Districts; the extent to which these revenue sources are utilized; the character and extent of any related municipal indebtedness; the character and extent of the government assistance now provided to the School Districts by the Provincial Government;
(c) the present method of administering the Public School System; the incidence of cost of education under the existing allocation of revenue sources; and, to make such recommendations in regard to the premises as may be thought advisable.

Twenty-seven public hearings were held at various centres in the Province, and seventy-five briefs were received and examined. The commission report was published in 1945 and tabled in the Legislature on February 25, 1946.

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The records were transferred from the Legislative Library of British Columbia to the British Columbia Archives in 1979. Provincial Secretary file 145-20 may have been added to the commission records after the commission ended.

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The series consists of records related to the Commission of Inquiry into Educational Finance, 1944-1946. Records include Provincial Secretary file 145-20 (1944-1946) which contains correspondence, vouchers and copy of the order in council appointing Maxwell A. Cameron as the commissioner; 75 briefs (1945) presented to the commission; the commissioner's signed report (1945) and a copy of the published report (1945).

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