TORONTO, May 17 /CNW/ - The Ontario Public School Boards' Association (OPSBA) takes a
non-partisan approach in its strategies to raise public awareness and
engage politicians in issues that focus on the needs and well-being of
children and youth. The education policies of government are
far-reaching. They affect the world our children and youth will inherit
tomorrow and they have a clear impact on the conditions in which our
young people thrive, learn and live today.
"We want to see all candidates meetings that focus on the future we are
building for our children and youth," said Catherine Fife, president of
OPSBA. "This kind of forum where the community can engage directly with
candidates running for office is democracy at work. We believe it is
important to open up opportunities for the public to question and
debate how we as a society work together and how we will meet the
education obligations we have to the future."
OPSBA is recommending to member boards that on September 20th, all candidates meetings be held in local schools throughout the
province on the theme of public education. To coincide with the all
candidates meetings, the Association is inviting Dalton McGuinty, Tim
Hudak, Andrea Horwath, and Mike Schreiner to a leaders' debate.
The public needs the opportunity to review party platforms and evaluate
the various parties' promises in the context of economic viability,
environmental sustainability, inclusivity, and social responsibility.
All candidates meetings are non-partisan events that provide an
opportunity to do this. Candidates are invited to share their views and
answer questions from the community where they are running for office.
This allows voters to understand where the candidates stand on
important issues and to make informed decisions when it comes to
electing the representatives who will shape public policy that
profoundly impacts our lives now and in the future.
The Ontario Public School Boards' Association (OPSBA) represents public
district school boards across Ontario. Together our members serve the
educational needs of almost 70% of Ontario's elementary and secondary
students. The Association advocates on behalf of the best interests and
needs of the public school system in Ontario. OPSBA believes that the
role of public education is to provide high quality, universally
accessible education opportunities for all students regardless of their
ethnic, racial or cultural backgrounds, social or economic status,
individual exceptionality, or religious affiliation.
SOURCE Ontario Public School Boards' Association
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