Town­ship­pers’ Con­cerns Over School Board Re­forms

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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

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