BEST DE­FENDER OF PUBLIC ED­U­CA­TION

NOW Magazine - Best of Toronto - - Activism -

AN­NIE KID­DER Lots of par­ents join the PTA, but few keep show­ing up at meet­ings long af­ter their kids grad­u­ate. An­nie Kid­der, on the other hand, had sev­eral hun­dred par­ents ral­ly­ing at Queen’s Park as soon as the Har­ris cuts to ed­u­ca­tion hit her chil­dren’s school in the 90s. And to this day Peo­ple for Ed­u­ca­tion, the org she co-founded back in 96, keeps slam­ming out re­port af­ter damn­ing re­port on sky­rock­et­ing dropout rates, over­crowded class­rooms and added stresses on ur­ban schools. While Min­is­ter of Ed­u­ca­tion Ger­ard Kennedy gloated about his new manda­tory ex­er­cise ini­tia­tive ear­lier this month, Kid­der was there to point out that only 30 per cent of el­e­men­tary schools still have a gym teacher. For all that and for eternally bat­tling for fully pub­licly funded ed­u­ca­tion for all, we com­mend her.

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