Rural schools once again on chopping block under John Tory private school scheme

    John Tory's questionable judgment puts public schools in small
    communities at risk

    LINDSAY, ON, Sept. 11 /CNW/ - The John Tory scheme to rip $500 million
out of public education and hand it over to private schools will also put
rural schools at risk of closure, says Liberal candidate and former President
of the Ontario Public School Board Association Rick Johnson.
    "Just when our rural schools are getting back on solid ground John Tory
wants to put them at risk again," said Johnson. "We can't risk taking a single
penny out of our schools."
    Conservatives only plan to invest half as much in public schools as
Ontario Liberals. And they want to rip $500 million out of public schools and
hand it over to private schools. The Conservative scheme raises many questions
- questions that John Tory won't answer.
    "If private schools siphon money and students away from small rural
schools - how will those schools stay open?" says Johnson.
    The Conservatives have not said how they would keep rural schools from
closing. And they have not said how much funding would be siphoned off for
extra administration, or for training for private school teachers.
    "This latest scheme comes after Conservatives closed 100 rural and
northern schools when they were in office. I'm seeking public office to stand
up for public education. We have to keep Ontario moving forward, not
backward," said Johnson.

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