The real facts on school closures

    TORONTO, Sept. 11 /CNW/ - Dalton McGuinty and Rick Johnson should look in
the mirror when it comes to school closures.

    The facts:

    -   Rick Johnson is trying to position himself as a defender of rural
        schools. But in 2006, when Dalton McGuinty brought in a new policy
        allowing schools to close Rick Johnson said, "We're happy to see
        this. We've been waiting a long time for it." He was reported as
        saying the policy would help boards deal with the backlog of school
        closures (Kingston Whig-Standard, November 1, 2006).

    -   According to the Ministry of Education, in 2004-05 and 2005-06,
        147 schools were closed in Ontario. According to a report in today's
        Peterborough Examiner, the Kawartha Pine Ridge District School Board
        is looking at closing two rural schools in Orono and Newtownville.
        This follows on the heels of the closure Young's Point Public School
        last June.

    A John Tory government will invest at least $2.44 billion more in public
education and our commitment to improve the funding formula will provide
short-term help to schools in financial trouble and smaller and rural schools
in danger of closing (The PC Party Plan for Ontario's Future, page 8).

    Leadership Matters.

For further information:

For further information: Mike Van Soelen, (647) 722-1760

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