Letter to the editor 1, Sept. 10, 2015

EMSB Central Parents Committee actions, on behalf of parents, overshadows inutile LBPSB CPC

Dear Editor, It has been, and continues to be, the mission of Citizens for Democratic and Autonomous Schools (acdsa.org) to obtain greater power for parents in education especially at their local school levels which will further our objective for autonomous schools.

During the past year, we have been buoyed by the EMSB Central Parents committee’s action of becoming actively involved in EMSB decision making, distribution of a parental survey and overall not shy away from making themselves heard when the EMSB chair and vice-chair tried to apply a muzzle.

Unfortunately the same cannot be said of the LBPSB Central Parents Committee, whose lack of action and participation is not only disappointing but fraught with organizational issues and controversies surrounding its chairman.

While the EMSB CPC has done everything in its power to communicate with the parents, rightful criticism is being made of the LBPSB failure to setup a similar effective means of communication with parents.

Furthermore, rightful concerns are swirling around the LBPSB CPC chairman’s lack of objectivity and independence from the LBPSB Council which not only casts a shadow over herself but the LBPSB CPC operation as a whole.

It is crystal clear to those not privy to, or part of, the upper inner clique relations between the CPC and LBPSB council, that there exists a distinct conflict of interest with the current LBPSB CPC chair. To clarify, the current CPC chair is employed by the LBPSB at the very same time that she has to hold the LBPSB accountable for its actions or inactions. A clearer conflict of interest there cannot be.

On October 1, 2015, the LBPSB CPC will hold its Annual General Assembly. ACDSA suggests the LBPSB CPC listens to expressed concerns and set a new course to give the CPC a truly independent voice on behalf of the parents instead of the complacent and dysfunctional vehicle it has been this year. Make the upcoming year one that will truly reflect the spirit of the Education Act and one that will embody more of the determination and parental commitment as exhibited by the EMSB CPC. Luc Horne


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