It's back to school time for Drumheller and area students. This year though, parents are off the hook for school and bus fees.

A new law, passed by the Alberta Legislature last spring, eliminated supply and transportation fees in Alberta schools. Deputy Government House Leader Oneil Carlier explained what the previous fees were used for:

"Things like, textbooks, workbooks, supplies and materials, paper, as well as transportation fees for students who were being transported more than 2.4 kilometres from their designated school."

"Individually, it's going to be a fee reduction of school fees of about $93 per student, compared to last year," said Carlier, when asked about how the new law affected parents in Alberta.

Carlier reassured parents worried that schools would suffer a budget crunch because of the new law.

"We are going to [make] sure that the school boards continue to be able to fund what they need to fund, but with an induction of $54 million into their budget."

School fees for certain activities, like school trips, remain in force.

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