Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Privatizing Education in Saskatchewan

Green Party of Saskatchewan
January 3, 2012

Mother Theresa Middle Jesuit school benefits
Regina, Saskatchewan - Green Party leader Victor Lau called on Education Minister Donna Harpauer today to reverse the government's recent decision to privatize basic education.

"Public funding of private religious schools is piece-meal privatization. A select few will benefit from extra money to supplement their private tuition fees. The students in the public system will continue to lose ground."

"The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) has shown continually through their Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) that broadly funded public education systems tend to create the best education outcomes. Minister Harpauer's refusal to follow best practices in basic education is jeopardizing our children's future."

"The Green Party promotes decentralized decision making within the public system. Parents, particularly those without means to afford private tuition, need more control over educational choices for their children. Creative solutions that give more local control can be found in other provinces; we should follow their example. One Saskatchewan means great education for everybody."

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