Faith communities come together to form Public Education Fairness Network

    TORONTO, Aug. 28 /CNW/ - Members of the Armenian, Hindu, Jewish, Muslim
and Sikh communities have come together to form the Public Education Fairness
Network to promote fairness in education funding for Ontario faith-based
    The Public Education Fairness Network is committed to including all
faith-based schools that follow the Ontario curriculum, enforce standardized
testing and hire qualified teachers in Ontario's public education system.
    Ontario is the only province to fund one faith-based school system to the
exclusion of others. The Public Education Fairness Network will be engaging
all Ontarians, including leaders of influence, educators, and the media, in a
dialogue about funding fairness.
    Approximately 650,000 Catholic students are enrolled in Ontario's
publicly funded, faith-based Catholic school system, whereas 53,000 children
from other faith-based schools are not part of public education. The Public
Education Fairness Network is working to change this decades-old inequity
through the inclusion of students from all faith-based schools that meet
provincial requirements into a fully integrated public education system that
reflects the diversity of 21st century Ontario.
    The Public Education Fairness Network was represented at a news
conference today by: Sivan Karshafian and Shahen Mirakian, from the Armenian
community, David Koschitzky, Vice Chair, UJA Federation of Greater Toronto;
Latif Mirza, Secretary General of the Islamic Circle of North America - Canada
(ICNA Canada); Pandit Roopnauth Sharma, President of the Federation of Hindu
Temples; and Balwinder Singh, Director of Liaison and Community Relations,
Ontario Sikh & Gurdwara Council.

For further information:

For further information: Media Contact: Howard English, VP, Corporate
Communications, UJA Federation of Greater Toronto, 4600 Bathurst St., Toronto,
M2R 3V2, Phone: (416) 631-5735, Cell: (416) 274-8461,

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