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NDP Leader Says Stop Closing Schools

Ontario NDP leader Andrea Horwath has joined the chorus of calls on the Liberal government to halt rural school closures.

Parents were bused to Queens Park from across the province Monday as they showed their opposition to the Accommodation review process.

Estimates are that up to 600 schools could be closed in Ontario in the next few years because of declining enrolment, and parents in smaller communities say it is a death knell for their areas.

In Question Period at Queens Park, NDP Leader Andrea Horwath pushed Premier Kathleen Wynne to recognize the importance of small community schools and to keep them open.

Horwath says schools are more than just bricks and mortar.

She says they are parks and playgrounds, often the historical and cultural hub of a community.

The NDP leader encourages parents to keep the pressure on the Liberals over school closures.

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