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Catholic School Boards Welcome Increased Program Choices Made Possible by Learning to 18 Legislation

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

TORONTO (December 13, 2006)—The Ontario Catholic School Trustees’ Association is encouraged by the greater range of program choices made possible by the recent passage of Bill 52 – Learning to 18..

“Catholic school boards are dedicated to providing educational environments that support the development of the whole person. This includes the intellectual, spiritual, physical, moral and cultural dimension of each student. Passage of this legislation broadens programs and learning choices for students and complements the efforts of Catholic school educators to recognize and develop the unique and varied abilities of all students in our schools,” said Bernard Murray, President of the Ontario Catholic School Trustees’ Association (OCSTA).

OCSTA appreciates being a part of the consultation process prior to the passage of this bill. We encourage the government to continue to engage school boards as it seeks solutions and pathways to achieving student success in Ontario’s publicly funded schools.

The Ontario Catholic School Trustees’ Association is the provincial voice for Catholic education. Founded in 1930, OCSTA represents Catholic school boards that collectively educate more than 600,000 students in Ontario, from Junior Kindergarten to Grade 12.