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Stop school closures: MPP

The Ontario government should put a stop to a “rigged” process that is calling for 29 schools in the region to be closed, Leeds-Grenville MPP Steve Clark has told the education minister.

In a Member’s Statement at Queen’s Park Monday, the Tory MPP called for a moratorium on school closures and the restoration of top-up funding that would help keep rural schools open.

“This is not just about saving individual schools,” said Clark. “It’s a fight for the future of rural education and the ability for students to learn close to where they live.”

The head of the local public school board said Monday the board has no plans to stop the process, despite the MPP’s request.

Last week, Clark sent an open letter to Education Minister Mitzie Hunter, in which he blasted the Liberal government over an accommodation review process that could lead to the closure of 29 schools in the Upper Canada District School Board, 10 of which are in Clark’s riding.

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