02/09/2015 06:25 EST | Updated 04/11/2015 05:59 EDT

Survey shows concerns with Alberta classroom sizes, support for special needs

CALGARY - A provincial advocacy organization says a recent online survey shows Albertans are worried about classroom conditions in the province.

Public Interest Alberta says the main concerns from the 400 people who did the survey were class sizes and lack of support staff for special needs students.

Executive director Bill Moore-Kilgannon says aides can't always be in a class for an entire day.

He says that means teachers and support staff aren't able to spend enough time will all students — not just those with special needs.

Public Interest Alberta has sent Education Minister Gordon Dirks a report with the survey's results.

The survey was conducted in November and December, and asked teachers, parents, educational staff and students to describe the situation in their classrooms and schools.