1)Make a large, ongoing cut to the education budget – perhaps 29 million this year and 25 million next year. Call them “cuts to administration ” so it sounds as if fat cats are the only ones affected.
2) Announce and re-announce much smaller annual increases in per pupil funding – don’t mention increasing hard costs like Hydro rates, heat, MSP rate hikes, or salary increments. Be sure to emphasize that these increases are in place despite dropping enrollment.
3) Insist that building and programme inadequacies are due to local district budgeting decisions, not provincial underfunding.
4) Increase funding for private schools to draw off some fully funded students.
5) Sound confused and hurt when people complain about education cuts.
Repeat Steps 1- 5 as often as required – at least annually.