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NDP Education Critic Lorraine Michael

In Question Period today, NDP Education Critic Lorraine Michael (MHA, St. John’s East-Quidi Vidi) was looking for answers on several serious problems in today’s classrooms. Michael hears regularly from teachers and parents concerned about the quality of the classroom experience.

 
NDP Education Critic Lorraine Michael

NDP Education Critic Lorraine Michael (MHA, St. John’s East-Quidi Vidi) says that while it’s heartbreaking to hear about repeated problems with the current classroom inclusion program, she hopes recent media stories will combine with presentations to the Premier’s Task Force on Education Outcomes to force government to pay attention and deal with the problem.

 
NDP Education Critic Lorraine Michael

Tomorrow, Tuesday Nov. 22, voters in the province will elect new school boards. The problem is, says NDP Education Critic Lorraine Michael (MHA, Signal Hill-Quidi Vidi), most people don’t know about it – and those that do are having a hard time getting information from the School Board.

 
NDP Education Critic Lorraine Michael

NDP Education Critic Lorraine Michael (MHA, St. John’s East-Quidi Vidi) says the Board of the province’s English School District is completely unjustified in its latest “premature and unnecessary” announcement concerning Whitbourne Elementary. On Friday, July 29, a judge told the NLESD it had not followed correct procedures to close the school, and ordered a reversal of the decision.

 
NDP Education Critic Lorraine Michael

NDP Education Critic Lorraine Michael (MHA, St. John’s East-Quidi Vidi) thinks the Liberals’ oft-repeated claims of having done budget populations with 500,000 people (meaning all the people in the province) need to be down-sized.

Michael’s questions in the House of Assembly today focused on the turmoil Budget 2016 has caused in the K-12 school system.

 
NDP Education Critic Lorraine Michael

Budget 2016 has once again cut funding for the province's libraries. This time, the Liberals are closing 54 libraries, almost all of them in rural areas.

The closures leave up to 15% of residents more than a 30-minute drive from a library. Thousands of people -- children, seniors, families, people needing Internet access -- will now be unable to acess a library at all.

 

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.

 

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