Alberta restores education funds, cancels Calgary Young Offender Centre closure

Premier Rachel Notley says her NDP cabinet has cancelled cuts the previous government made to education and the planned closure of the Calgary Young Offender Centre.

CALGARY — Premier Rachel Notley says her NDP cabinet has cancelled cuts the previous government made to education and the planned closure of the Calgary Young Offender Centre.

Notley made the announcements following cabinet meetings in Calgary.

The premier says the education funding amounts to $103 million and will provide Alberta school boards with money they will need for the next school year.

She says it will ensure the boards will be able to handle about 12,000 additional students expected in schools this fall.

Notley says keeping the Calgary Young Offender Centre open will ensure that offenders in southern Alberta can remain closer to their families.

She says moving these offenders to a facility in Edmonton would not have helped their rehabilitation.