WINDSOR – Ontario NDP Education critic and the MPP for Windsor-West, Lisa Gretzky, released the following statement in response to People for Education’s Annual Report:
“Today’s report from People for Education highlights major disparities between urban and rural boards in terms of access to specialized supports and services in schools like arts, physical education, and special education. These findings are not surprising considering that the Liberal government has cut $10 million dollars from the geographic circumstances grant (which helps to keep small rural schools open) over the last two years.
New Democrats believe that all children should be given an equal opportunity to succeed and have access to the same level of services. Quite simply, where a child lives should not determine the quality of education or supports that they receive. The Liberal government must stop simply talking about investing in education and take concrete steps to ensure that all students receive equitable access to publicly funded education in Ontario.”