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Education minister reveals 300 schools in Ontario considered for closure

Education minister reveals 300 schools in Ontario considered for closure

Three hundred schools in Ontario are on the chopping block, the education minister said Thursday, two days after she refused to provide a figure she called “arbitrary.”

While the closure decisions are made by school boards, the opposition parties are slamming the Liberal government for a lack of transparency about the process, and say the guidelines for those closure considerations need to be changed.

 

The Progressive Conservatives have called for a moratorium on school closures and a review of those guidelines. The NDP launched a petition Thursday to call for the same measures as the PCs and to fix the “broken” formula for determining which schools might be shut down.

Briefing notes prepared for the education minister that the NDP obtained through a freedom-of-information request list problems with the current formula.

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