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One Publicly-Funded School System in Ontario
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Citizens of Ontario can make this happen through a petition to Ontario's Legislative Assembly to introduce and support legislation to establish a single, non-sectarian, publicly funded school system.,
Members of the Ontario Legislative Assembly.,
There is growing public opinion supporting the consolidation of the public and separate school systems into a single, non-sectarian, public school system.
Currently there are four publicly funded school systems in Ontario. They are: English Public School Boards; English Roman Catholic Separate School Boards; Public French Language School Boards; and Roman Catholic French Language School Boards.
Four educational systems serving overlapping jurisdictions have created too many inefficiencies, too much red ink and huge waste of public money and resources. Buttressing crumbling infrastructure; duplicating administrative costs; and inefficient transportation of students is a misuse of tax dollars.
Consolidating the public and separate school systems into a single, non-sectarian, publicly funded system would result in huge savings that could be directed into sustainable student programs and educational services that benefit all students.
Publicly funded Catholic School Boards can restrict student enrollment at the elementary school level to only baptized Roman Catholic students.
Catholic school boards can also discriminate against the hiring of
non-Catholic teachers. Teachers applying for teaching positions are expected to have a current Pastoral Letter signed by their parish priest.
Ontario is among the world's most diverse and cosmopolitan societies.
Tolerance and understanding of Ontario's present day diverse population cannot be achieved in isolation, but only through interacting with others.
A single, non-sectarian, publicly funded school system would help break down the barriers that foster differences among Ontario's society and would promote openness and tolerance. It would be inclusive; designed to help students achieve their maximum potential academically, emotionally, socially and physically. It would not discriminate on the basis of religion in any form including: school environment; enrollment of students; opportunities for all students; evaluation of students; employment and advancement of teachers and all other school board; adherence to Ministry of Education curriculum guidelines, including courses in World and Comparative Religions.
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For additional information regarding Civil Rights in Public Education review: www.CRIPEweb.org