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Ontario parents protest a slew of rural school closures, claim funding model is faulty

Parents who live in small towns and rural areas across Ontario are calling for a change in education funding as a number of boards are considering closing a slew of schools.

In eastern Ontario, the Upper Canada District School Board is suggesting that as many as 29 schools be closed in the next two years. Near Sudbury, the Rainbow District School Board proposes shuttering four schools, while the Bluewater District School Board in the Owen Sound area also is looking at closing four schools. The fate of five others is under consideration by the Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board near Belleville.

Parents who live in the districts are fuming, saying the school closures will leave some kids stuck on buses for as long as four hours each day.

Parents from across Ontario plan to protest at the provincial legislature on Monday. Large groups are taking buses to make the four-hour journey to Toronto, where they’ll rally and attend question period.

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