Léger Marketing poll - Quebeckers say: "Let high school principals co-operate for the report card on schools!"

    MONTREAL, Oct. 25 /CNW Telbec/ - According to a Léger Marketing poll
commissioned by the Montreal Economic Institute, nearly seven Quebeckers in
ten (68%) favour greater co-operation by high school principals in producing
the Report Card on Quebec's Secondary Schools.
    They want principals to be able to talk to media representatives about
their approaches and innovations, if they think this is good for their
students, as part of a ranking and comparison of schools based on their
results, as published in L'actualité magazine. These results show that the
attitude of the Quebec school boards federation and the Commission scolaire de
Montréal, which fall silent and urge school principals not to take part in
this comparison, defies public opinion.
    The poll also shows that seven Quebeckers in ten (69%) favour greater
independence for school principals. To improve the quality of education in
public schools, they say school principals should be given greater autonomy in
trying new approaches at the local level, even if errors are possible.
    The Report Card on Quebec's Secondary Schools is the only publicly
available independent evaluation of the province's 466 high schools, public
and private, French and English.
    The poll was conducted in October 2007 to coincide with publication of
the Report Card's eighth edition, produced by the Montreal Economic Institute
and the Fraser Institute together with L'actualité magazine.
    The poll, titled Opinion of Quebeckers on the autonomy of school
principals, was issued in collaboration with Léger Marketing. It is available
at www.iedm.org.

    The Montreal Economic Institute is an independent, non-partisan,
non-profit body that takes part in public policy debate in Quebec and across
Canada, offering wealth creation solutions on matters of taxation, regulation,
and reform of health and education systems. Its publications since 2000 have
included the Report Card on Quebec's Secondary Schools. In 2004 it won a
Templeton Freedom Award for Institute Excellence for the quality of its
management and public relations.

For further information:

For further information: and interview requests: André Valiquette,
Director of Communications, Montreal Economic Institute, (514) 273-0969 ext.
2225, Cell: (514) 574-0969, avaliquette@iedm.org

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