A group representing concerned citizens from across Ontario, the Ontario Alliance Against School Closures (OAASC), is calling on the Ministry of Education to immediately halt school closures and scrap the current Pupil Accommodation Guideline.
In its open letter to Education Minister Mitzie Hunter, the OAASC outlines a few recommendations in response to what it sees as the largest and fastest school closure sweep in Ontario’s history. They include:
- that the recently revised PARG (Pupil Accommodation Review Guideline) is flawed and must be rewritten;
- that ARC reviews be immediately suspended until a democratic guideline is in place;
- that the Government of Ontario immediately put a moratorium on school closures;
- that the Government of Ontario commission a study to determine the effects of extensive school closures on the health of our children and our communities.
OAASC spokesperson Susan MacKenzie says Ontarians are concerned about the closures being initiated under the new guideline, which threaten to shutter 1 in every 8 schools across their communities.