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AIMS has established itself as one of Canada’s leading centres for research on education policy. Our research on education policy is centred on two major themes: Increasing accountability in public educational institutions and providing information for parents and students about how well their schools are performing and identifying and researching policy options that expand educational choices and remove the barriers that trap students in failing institutions – parents and students deserve more than one educational choice.

The Institute’s research program in the education and training policy file has not only elevated the discourse in a number of areas, but our AIMS pioneering research on evaluating the quality of education has helped to introduce more accountability and transparency in the region’s elementary and secondary education systems. AIMS “School Report Cards” have been a focal point for our high-impact, policy-relevant research and commentary.

POLICY PAPERS & OP-ED COMMENTARIES

 

Dispelling the P3 schools myth: setting the record straight

By PAUL BENNETT (AIMS Author) News 95.7, The Rick Howe Show 11 May 2017 Public-Private Partnership (P3) schools come with a lot of baggage: opportunistic edu-preneurs, the Horton High “Taj Mahal,” "gold plated" school extras, and skimming-off cafeteria revenues tend to cement unflattering images in the public mind. They also colour ...
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/ / Commentary, Education

Reinventing the Building of Schools

The Real Legacy of Public-Private-Partnership (P3) Schools in Nova Scotia Reinventing the Building of Schools revisits the history of public-private partnerships for school construction. Though the province's experience with P3's since the mid-1990s has been widely described as a failure, the paper contends that the record is far more favourable ...
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MUN tuition increase reasonable and necessary

By ED HOLLETT (Senior Fellow) The Telegram, 2 May 2017 The Government of Newfoundland and Labrador's 2017-18 budget includes a $3-million funding cut for Memorial University. The university's Board of Regents could bring in more than enough money to offset the reduction by increasing tuition fees by a mere 10 ...
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/ / Commentary, Education

Tuition Access Bursary is unsound public policy

By PATRICK WEBBER (Research Associate) Sheldon MacLeod Show, News 95.7 25 April 2017 Telegraph-Journal, 26 April 2017 Troy Media, 26 April 2017 CBC News New Brunswick, 27 April 2017 Last year, New Brunswick's government launched the Tuition Access Bursary (TAB), which provides funding for up to the full cost of tuition ...
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/ / Commentary, Education

Post-Secondary Tuition and Low-Income Access

© UNB. Post-Secondary Tuition and Low-Income Access discusses New Brunswick's Tuition Access Bursary program, which covers college and university tuition for the children of families earning under $60,000 per year. Author Patrick Webber's paper reviews numerous studies, surveys and reports from domestic and international sources, which speak to the relationship ...
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MEDIA MENTIONS

 

Marco Navarro-Genie on Tim Powers Show

On May 12, 2017, AIMS President & CEO Marco Navarro-Génie spoke with Tim Powers about the upcoming AIMS event in St. John's with John Risley. John Risley, OC, Chairman of ...
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Paul Bennett on the Rick Howe Show re P3 Schools

On May 11, 2017, AIMS author Paul W. Bennett joined the Rick Howe Show on News 95.7 FM to discuss his latest paper "Reinventing the Building of Schools." ...
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Mention of “E-Learning in K-12 Schools”

In OL Daily, Stephen Downes writes that "E-Learning in K-12 Schools" "captures some of the major problems with the approach in Atlantic Canada, especially the top-down provincially-based organization and management." ...
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Report says NB schools stuck in past when it comes to e-learning

Canadian Press writer reports on Paul Bennett’s policy paper for AIMS, entitled “E-Learning in K-12 Schools: The Prospects for Disruptive Innovation.” The paper details Atlantic Canada's lethargy in e-learning reform. Read ...
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