Catholic School Boards Welcome New Funding Announcement

    TORONTO, Aug. 14 /CNW/ - "This is a good news story for our boards," said
Bernard Murray, President of the Ontario Catholic School Trustees' Association
(OCSTA) reacting to Premier Dalton McGuinty's announcement today of an
additional investment of $182 million in Ontario's elementary and secondary
schools for 2007-2008 and an additional $127 million in 2008-2009.
    This announcement will relieve funding pressure in a wide variety of
areas, particularly where the funding benchmarks have not kept up with the
board's real costs. "Our boards have identified those areas of under funding
that have impacted their organization and we together have advocated to the
government to address these areas," said Murray. "We are grateful to the
Minister of Education for hearing and addressing our individual and collective
concerns and for providing more flexibility for boards to address their local
    OCSTA believes that these announcements will improve the current funding
model which is structurally sound but inadequately funded. The Association
will be an active participant in the review of the funding formula announced
today and which is expected to conclude by 2010.

    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.

For further information:

For further information: John Stunt, Executive Director, Tel: (416)
932-9460, ext. 22, Fax: (416) 932-9459, E-mail:

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