The leader of Manitoba's official opposition is concerned school divisions have had to slash their 2021/22 budgets, because of what he says is reduced provincial funding and a government mandate to hold the line on local property taxes.

In particular, Wab Kinew points to Border Land School Division which announced last week it cut $875,000 from its upcoming budget in order to balance the books, resulting in cuts to capital projects, early childhood education, professional development, school discretionary budgets, student services and clinician budgets, technology and staffing.

to give local school divisions and communities an extended opportunity to speak out and share how the proposed changes will impact them.