Dalton McGuinty ignoring parents



    Class size cap hurting students

    TORONTO, Oct. 3 /CNW/ - Dalton McGuinty is ignoring the concerns of the
parents of children attending Courcelette Public School in Toronto.
    The parents, who are concerned about the negative impact Dalton
McGuinty's class size cap is having on their children's education, have
attempted to get the attention of Dalton McGuinty, his minister of education,
and their local MPP but they have been repeatedly rebuffed.
    Last June, the parents started a petition asking Dalton McGuinty and
Kathleen Wynne to reconsider the cap. The petition read:

    "The hard caps promised and mandated by the Liberal government coupled
    with the withdrawal of teacher resources due to false predictions of
    declining enrolment equals disaster for a school such as Courcelette."

    The petition expressed about "the domino effect of splitting our primary
grades. The result of this will be the necessity of a portable ..." and
split-grade classes in the upper grades.
    The petition, signed by 95 parents and residents, has been presented to
Kathleen Wynne and MPP Lorenzo Berardinetti but the parents' concerns have
still been dismissed.
    "The government is imposing class size limits without any regard for the
repercussions," said Janine Anderton, Chair of the Courcelette Parents'
Council.
    Howard Rosen, Past Chair of the Parents' Council, said, "We have
repeatedly explained - at first in private and then in public - that mandating
a hard cap is hurting our schools."
    Courcelette Public School has been consistently ranked by the Fraser
Institute as one of the top schools in Ontario for academic achievement and
has been showcased by the Education Quality and Accountability Office for its
academic success.
    "Our school was successful before this policy," said Anderton. "This
policy has not contributed to our schools success and will, in fact, undermine
it."
    "It's not just our school we are worried about, but all the schools
forced with implementing a policy with such negative side effects," Howard
Rosen concluded.




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