What’s un­der a rock?

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - EDITORIAL -

I of­ten walk on the beach with my boys when the tides are out and we look at all the de­tri­tus left by the out­go­ing tide. Some­time they will turn over a rock and all the myr­iad lit­tle crea­tures will scut­tle for shel­ter from the harsh sun­light.

Con­ser­va­tive MLA and Ed­u­ca­tion Critic Steven My­ers has done us all a ser­vice by turn­ing over the rock and re­veal­ing the truth about the school clo­sure process. It was or­ches­trated from the very top and there was col­lu­sion be­tween deputy Ed­u­ca­tion min­is­ter Su­san Wil­lis, Pre­mier Wade MacLauch­lan, Ed­u­ca­tion Min­is­ter Doug Cur­rie and the PSB’s di­rec­tor Parker Grim­mer to se­cure the de­sired out­come. Their out­come: close small ru­ral schools.

While many of us that were in­volved in this “process” sus­pected this may be the case, the truth in the harsh light of day is sober­ing and dis­ap­point­ing. This kind of in­bred pol­icy mak­ing with the oblig­a­tory pub­lic in­put “dog and pony” show does not serve Is­landers well. It does not pro­duce a first class ed­u­ca­tion sys­tem and it does a dis­ser­vice to our chil­dren and the fu­ture of the Is­land.

Shame on you for wast­ing tax­pay­ers’ time and money. Shame of you for let­ting our chil­dren down.

Elec­tion 2019, time for a change. Richard Toms,


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