BEST DEFENDER OF PUBLIC EDUCATION
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.