Education

NDP Education Critic Lorraine Michael (MHA, St. John’s East-Quidi Vidi) says government’s apparent inability to gauge the effects of its actions will have a catastrophic impact on students served by the School Lunch Program this fall.

“All decisions have a ripple effect, or in the case of the School Lunch Program, it could be a tsunami,” Michael said in the House of Assembly.

 

Earlier today, the Provincial Information and Libraries Resources Board announced that, because of budget cutbacks, it is forced to take the drastic step of closing 54 provincial libraries in the next two years. Up to 15 per cent of the province’s population could find themselves more than 30 minutes drive from the nearest library – in some cases, several hours away.

 
NDP Education Critic Lorraine Michael

NDP Education Critic Lorraine Michael (MHA, St. John’s East-Quidi Vidi) said today the efforts of thousands who have petitioned to stop the closure of schools around Newfoundland and Labrador is increasingly important in light of allegations of fraud against, and subsequent investigations into, employees of the school district and several vendors.

 

St. John’s Centre MHA Gerry Rogers says letting the appointed school board to close a small school in her district flies in the face of every principle of equal opportunity. Holy Cross Junior High School is one of five facing closure at a School Board meeting this Saturday.

 
NDP Education critic Lorraine Michael

NDP Education Critic Lorraine Michael (MHA, St. John’s East-Quidi Vidi) says the unelected school board is apparently preparing to close schools in the province based on faulty reasoning and out-of-date facts.

 
NDP Education Critic Lorraine Michael

NDP Education Critic Lorraine Michael (MHA, St. John’s East-Quidi Vidi) says government must act to prevent the unelected school board closing schools. Michael says parents, students, and school councils have been outspoken in their opposition but the board is refusing to pay attention.

 

Holy Cross JHS is an important neighbourhood school with programs, community partnerships and extra-curricular activities designed to meet the particular needs of the inner city students who attend it. The appointed, unelected English School Board trustees have proposed to close down Holy Cross Junior High School.

 
St. John's Centre MHA Gerry Rogers

St. John’s Centre MHA Gerry Rogers persisted today in her efforts to get the Minister of Education to postpone decisions on school closures until there is an elected English School Board for the province. The current board was appointed by the previous government when it merged the four existing school boards into one in 2013; there have been no elections for almost seven years..

 
St. John's Centre MHA Gerry Rogers

Today in the House of Assembly, St. John’s Centre MHA Gerry Rogers revisited questions which the Minister of Education would not answer when she asked them last week. Since 2011, four schools in St. John’s Centre have been closed, and Holy Cross Junior High on Rickett’s Road faces the same fate.

 
St. John's Centre MHA Gerry Rogers

St. John’s Centre MHA Gerry Rogers says appointed school trustees should not be allowed to close a junior high school in her district. Holy Cross Junior High is one of five schools in the province facing closure at next month’s school board meeting.

 

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