Catholic School Boards Vigorously Oppose Any Attempt to Disrupt Ontario's Publicly Funded Catholic Schools

    TORONTO, Sept. 24 /CNW/ - "I speak on behalf of the 650,000 students in
Catholic schools and the 2.4 million Catholic school ratepayers who support
our system, when I express my deep dismay at the assault launched today by the
Canadian Civil Liberties Association on Ontario's publicly funded Catholic
schools," said Bernard Murray, president of the Ontario Catholic School
Trustees' Association.
    For over 160 years Ontario's Catholic schools have contributed to Ontario
community life in cooperation with their coterminous public boards. Catholic
schools are a value-added segment of public education chosen by a million
Ontario parents for the academic excellence and holistic education that are
the hallmarks of this system.
    "Any attempt to remove public funding for Catholic schools in Ontario
would be extremely divisive and would be vigorously opposed by the Catholic
community and indeed all responsible citizens," said Murray.
    "Our schools offer education in the Catholic faith tradition to hundreds
of thousands of students who reflect Ontario's diverse cultures and ethnic
groups. Ontario's publicly funded Catholic schools are embedded in the social
structure and fabric of this province. Our distinctive education approach
offers an on-going contribution not only to our students and families but to
the wider provincial community."

    The Ontario Catholic School Trustees' Association is the provincial voice
for Catholic education. Founded in 1930, OCSTA represents Catholic school
boards that collectively educate more than 600,000 students in Ontario, from
Junior Kindergarten to Grade 12.

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