Merging school boards will fail to help students or find savings for the province: CUPE

TORONTO, Feb. 16, 2019 /CNW/ – The reasoning behind the Ford government’s rumoured plans to reduce the number of school boards across Ontario is based on a set of false assumptions and the move won’t save money, but will weaken the province’s education system, says Laura Walton, president of the Ontario School Board Council of Unions (OSBCU), a council of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE).

Walton made her comments in response to a news report issued late Friday afternoon, which said the government was considering plans to merge school boards in Ontario’s public system to streamline administration and cut board bureaucracy. The change is expected to take aim at school boards in smaller communities.

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