Townshippers’ Concerns Over School Board Reforms
The Townshippers’ Association presented at the National Assembly of Québec on March 22, 2016, encouraging the Committee on Culture and Education to consider the impact the school board reforms proposed by Bill 86 would have on the minority Englishspeaking community in rural Quebec.
Townshippers’ Association President Gerald Cutting, Executive Director Rachel Hunting, and Board Members Heather Bowman and James Kanner, presented a four page brief on behalf of the Association highlighting the impacts of four key concerns this reform would have on minority rural populations already struggling with poverty, underemployment and outward migration.
“Townshippers’ Association fully supports the position that parents, education professionals and community members need to have a greater, not lesser, voice in the governance of schools and the services they provide to both students and the community,” says the brief, adding that it sees Bill 86 in a positive light. “However, we find there is no mention of the specific needs and rights of the English-speaking minority. Townshippers’ Association wishes to call attention to the fact that the Eastern Townships School Board is the only institution that the English-speaking