Letter to the editor 1, Oct. 13, 2016

Dear Editor,

On October 15, the Quebec English School Boards Association (QESBA) will be holding its Annual General Meeting with its nine English school boards, in Dorval.

Part of the day includes a 'Professional Development Session' that will undoubtedly deal with the government's intentions to overhaul the public school system, via Bill 105.

The QESBA is not pleased.

According to its weekly schedule, the Monday Message, "QESBA will send suggested amendments along with a letter from the President to all Members of the National Assembly."

My message to the government would be: Do not amend the general principles of the bill, which grants more decision-making power at the school level, and gives the government a more watchful eye on school board operations.

QESBA is funded by the school taxpayer to the tune of about $ 1,000,000. Its board of directors is essentially made up of the chairpersons of the boards.

The QESBA is an unnecessary intermediary. The boards should drop their membership to the QESBA.

Instead, they should funnel their membership fees into their classrooms, and deal directly with the government regarding any changes because each board has its own particular needs.

Chris Eustace


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