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Alberta's Wildrose party would cover schools fees if elected

EDMONTON - Alberta Wildrose Leader Brian Jean (GENE) says his party will do away with mandatory school fees if it forms the government after the May 5 election.Jean says the fees are unfair to families and cost about $100 per student each year.Jean says a Wildrose government would reimburse schools $100 million a year to make up for the fees.He says the cost would be covered off through broader cost-saving initiatives such as eliminating 3,200 senior manager jobs.Premier Jim Prentice and the Progressive Conservatives say the Wildrose math is off.They note that Alberta Education estimates the fees to cost $193 million a year, and they say the Wildrose must let voters know where the money would come from.

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