Civil Rights in Public Education, Inc (CRIPE) sent out an email today containing good news, very good news:
The Hamilton Wentworth District School Board has adopted a resolution calling for a single, publicly funded school system
CRIPE’s email directs readers to a Hamilton News article that gives detailed information:
Hamilton public school trustees last week voted 8-3 in support of a resolution urging Queen’s Park to create a single system in English and French, a move they say will save “millions of dollars” in administration and building costs.
That’s good news for us, but Pat Daly, the chair of Hamilton’s Catholic school board, is
pissed off “‘extremely disappointed.’” Daly depends on the same old arguments for keeping the two school systems: competition between the systems is healthy, amalgamation will be too costly, and the historical argument:
“Clearly, Catholic schools in Ontario and other separate schools in the country were part of the fabric of this country since Confederation, and it’s unfortunate that the majority of trustees on their board don’t recognize or respect that.”
Of course Daly took the opportunity to praise the three trustees that voted against the resolution. It really is time for Daly and his colleagues in the Catholic school system to stop whining. They have been using and abusing the system for too long by asking the Ontario taxpayer to pay for religion classes that
indoctrinate teach Catholicism exclusively and by bragging about their so-called “religious values.”
Daly contradicts his argument that amalgamation won’t save money when he says
despite the resolution, his board will continue to work with the public board, including through a transportation consortium that shares school buses to save money.
If sharing buses saves money, how much money would sharing/combining schools, teachers and school boards save?
Let’s add our voices to the voices of the Hamilton public school trustees and sign the petition for One Publicly-Funded School System in Ontario.