03/21/2013 04:23 EDT | Updated 05/21/2013 05:12 EDT

Saskatchewan Budget's 2013 Education Spending Defended By Province, Boards Disagree

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REGINA - Saskatchewan Education Minister Russ Marchuk is defending the province's spending on kindergarten to Grade 12.

Marchuk says there's $17 million more in the new budget to help schools deal with the pressure of increasing enrolment and there's also money for up to 40 portables this fall.

The Opposition NDP questioned education spending in the legislature, one day after the budget was tabled.

NDP Leader Cam Broten says classes are too big and teachers and school boards are struggling to stretch resources.

The Saskatchewan School Boards Association has said the budget represents the status quo for school boards.

Association president Janet Foord says the government is at best maintaining funding, not adding more resources and there isn't enough to close the achievement gap between aboriginal and non-aboriginal students.

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