Sep­a­rate dol­lars fund sep­a­rate boards

The Hamilton Spectator - - OPINION -

RE: School boards

The diehards are at it again, blam­ing all that ails the pub­lic school board on the fact that in On­tario we have both a pub­lic sys­tem and a faith-based Catholic sys­tem. The writ­ers and your read­ers should keep in mind:

First, only Catholic home or busi­ness own­ers can des­ig­nate their tax dol­lars to the Catholic sys­tem; that at high school level, any stu­dent in ei­ther sys­tem can, re­gard­less of their parental home tax des­ig­na­tion, de­cide to go to the high school of their choice as long as it is in their catch­ment area; and last but not least, the sys­tem pro­vides a cal­cu­la­tion, far too com­pli­cated for me to ex­plain, which pays the re­spec­tive board for this choice if need be.

Do only pub­lic school sup­port­ers give what one can con­sider pub­lic dol­lars? Or we might ask, is a Catholic school sup­porter’s tax pay­ment any less pub­lic than a pub­lic school tax pay­ment? Judy Bail­lie, An­caster

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