NEWS RELEASE

OCSTA Welcomes Commitment to Strengthening Rural and Northern Education

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

TORONTO–June 28, 2017–The Ontario Catholic School Trustees’ Association (OCSTA) views today’s announced changes to the Pupil Accommodation Review (PAR) process and key funding enhancements for rural and northern schools as a positive step towards addressing the distinctive needs and concerns of many school board communities in Ontario.

“Catholic school boards have a long history of working cooperatively and effectively with communities, coterminous boards and the government to make the most efficient use of available resources for the benefit of students and families. We appreciate the Minister of Education and the government of Ontario for their commitment to enhancing rural and northern school funding and addressing issues within the current PAR process. OCSTA will carefully review the proposed changes in consultation with our Catholic school boards, and advise the government of any concerns and recommendations in the coming weeks,” said OCSTA President, Patrick Daly.

OCSTA welcomes today’s announcement of the new $20 million Rural and Northern Education Fund.

The Ontario Catholic School Trustees’ Association (OCSTA) is the provincial voice for publicly funded Catholic education in the province. OCSTA represents Catholic school boards that collectively educate approximately 550,000 students in Ontario, from kindergarten to Grade 12.

For more information, please contact:
Sharon McMillan, Director of Communications
Tel: 416-932-9460, ext. 232  Fax: 416-932-9459  E-mail: smcmillan@ocsta.on.ca

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