NEWS RELEASE

Catholic School Trustees Welcome New Minister of Education Kathleen Wynne

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Toronto (September 18, 2006)—The Ontario Catholic School Trustees’ Association (OCSTA) welcomes the appointment of MPP, Kathleen Wynne as the new Minister of Education. OCSTA believes the new Minister will bring important insight to this leadership role given her prior experience as a school trustee.

“We are encouraged by the government’s decision to appoint someone who understands the workings of school boards. As parliamentary assistant, Minister Wynne has had extensive experience with many aspects of provincial education policy, notably special education,” said Bernard Murray, President of the Ontario Catholic School Trustees’ Association (OCSTA).

The announcement of the new Minister comes at a time when many school boards across the province are dealing with significant financial challenges that must be addressed through a cooperative effort of all education partners.

“We look forward to working with the new Minister to ensure that as refinements are made to the funding formula, equitable funding remains the priority and boards maintain the flexibility they require to address the unique needs of their communities.”

“OCSTA has repeatedly advocated for the creation of a provincial advisory committee of education stakeholders to assist the government with the ongoing review and refinement of the formula. We urge Minister Wynne to act on the recommendations of this Association to establish an annual review of the funding formula. We believe this is the first step to addressing issues of funding adequacy that are affecting so many boards across the province” said Murray.

“We also extend our appreciation to the outgoing Minister, The Hon. Sandra Pupatello, for all she has done and for her strong commitment to education in this province. We wish her well in her new portfolio,” added Murray.

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.