Ontario continues to reject John Tory's questionable private school scheme

    TORONTO, Sept. 24 /CNW/ - Ontarians, including Conservative candidates,
continue to reject John Tory's questionable scheme to rip $500 million out of
publicly funded schools for private schools.

    The most dangerous promise
    "If fully funded faith-based schools siphoned off even more students from
    the public school system, would even more schools - especially in rural
    areas - be forced to close, due to lack of enrolment?...
    Could religious schools teach any interpretation of their faith that they
    chose (e.g. a doctrine of gender inequality)?"
        - Northumberland Today, September 17, 2007

    Existing school system needs help
    "(Ron Swain (Algoma Manitoulin) said) he doubts the notion (of funding
    private religious schools) would have any traction in... towns like
    Manitouwadge and White River."
        - Thunder Bay Chronicle Journal, September 11, 2007

    Religious school funding and Dunlop
    "But John Tory's promise to fund faith-based schools with $500-million
    has given Dunlop's opponents a firm toe-hold. The idea is disastrous. A
    recent poll shows a huge majority of Ontario voters are against the
    further fragmentation of the public school system in favour of schools
    which can tend to segregate cultures, rather than bring them together...

    "Dunlop now finds himself in an awkward position: he supports funding
    religious schools in principle, but he'd like to see a referendum on the
    matter. That's as close as a good party man can come to saying his leader
    has badly missed the mark."
        - Orillia Packet and Times, September 20, 2007

    Faith based funding
    "(Queen's University Associate Professor Kathy) Brock believes the issue
    for the majority of voters here has more to do with their concerns about
    public education than funding private schools. 'It's such a potentially
    divisive issue.'"
        - Kingston Whig Standard, September 20, 2007

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