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Rainbow using merger motion to deflect attention from school closures, say boards

Rainbow District School Board’s motion to merge all Ontario boards into a single entity doesn’t sit well with its¬†compatriots in the French and separate school systems.

The motion passed by the Rainbow board Sept. 27 said the letter would be sent to Premier Kathleen Wynne, Education Minister Mitzie Hunter, local MPPs and the Ontario Public School Board Association.

Supporting school board mergers isn’t new for the Rainbow board, which is currently undergoing an accommodation review process where it may close up to a dozen schools to deal with declining enrolment and funding cuts.

Doreen Dewar, the board’s chair and a veteran trustee, said she can remember urging at least four or five different ministers of education from two different governments to merge school boards.

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