On­line con­sul­ta­tion re­gard­ing school fees

Sherbrooke Record - - LOCAL NEWS -

Fol­low­ing the class ac­tion suit that re­sulted in school boards pay­ing out over $153 mil­lion, The Min­is­ter of Ed­u­ca­tion is work­ing on a bill setting clear guide­lines for the fees charged to par­ents in the pub­lic school sys­tem. Mem­bers of the pub­lic are in­vited to par­tic­i­pate in an on­line con­sul­ta­tion process, the re­sults of which will be taken into con­sid­er­a­tion as the new bill is drafted.

The set­tle­ment agreed to last year does not cover the 2019-2020 school year. To avoid an­other po­ten­tial class ac­tion, the min­istry would like to ta­ble the new bill this win­ter so that it can pass and en­ter into ef­fect for the com­ing school year.

In De­cem­ber, the Min­is­ter of Ed­u­ca­tion met with school board fed­er­a­tions, unions and par­ent com­mit­tee fed­er­a­tions to get their in­put on the sub­ject.

Par­ents, teach­ers, school staff, tax­pay­ers and all those in­ter­ested in the is­sue have un­til Jan.25 to share their opin­ion re­gard­ing school fees.

The con­sul­ta­tion can be ac­cesses on­line at the fol­low­ing ad­dress: http://www.ed­u­ca­tion.gouv.qc.ca/en/par­ents-and-guardians/ref­er­ences/con­sul­ta­tion-on-school-fees/.

The ques­tion­naire takes about ten to fif­teen min­utes to com­plete.

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