Ontarians are rejecting John Tory's questionable private school scheme

    TORONTO, Sept. 17 /CNW/ - More and more Ontarians are rejecting John
Tory's questionable scheme to take $500 million from public education and hand
it over to private schools.

    Faith leaders fail to see value of the status quo

    "Public funding of some of these schools would only increase the number
of children out of touch with the cultural diversity outside their
classrooms... In a system that funds those schools, the best hope will be for
a lack of understanding of the other, and the toxic worst is always a
possibility - that those who are different and unseen will be perceived as
different and dangerous.
    "That John Tory should look for votes wherever he can is not surprising,
though in this case, his political judgment seems question-able. "
    - Roger Hyman, Toronto Star, Sep. 13, 2007

    More education on religion needed

    "John Tory and the Conservatives have it wrong. They fail to appreciate
the views of most people in Ontario who support a strong, fully funded public
school system and don't want millions diverted from public schools to private
religious schools.
    "There is no better place to learn, to build for the future, than a
public school system. We should be doing all we can to build that system up,
instead of dividing it and tearing it apart as the Conservatives again want to
    - Rev. Dr. John A. Johnston, Past chair, Ecumenical Study Commission on
    Education in  Ontario, Hamilton Spectator, Sep. 13, 2007

    Funding shift would harm public system

    "It also needs to be noted that if $400 million is put into faith-based
schools, that money will probably be taken out of the public system, which
will leave those most vulnerable in dire straights."
    - Rev. Dale Renout, Brantford Expositor, Sep. 13, 2007

    School plan 'a step backward'

    "It seems that the proposal really has not been thought out in any
detail... Let's say they do teach the regular curriculum in the mornings. What
are they teaching in the afternoon? It might be completely inconsistent...
    "If we're going to create an education system, I think the last thing we
would to do is this. It really seems like a step backward."
    - Lorraine Weinrib, University of Toronto law professor, Ottawa Citizen,
    Sep. 13, 2007

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