Letter to the editor 3, Sept. 24, 2020

QESBA is a menace to educational reform and should be ditched

Dear Editor,

On September 21, 2020 the Lester B. Pearson School Board (LBPSB) held its last council meeting under the present mandate which had been extended for two years, thus commissioners served from 2014 to 2020.

Having attended all Council, Executive Committee and many Parents' Committee meetings during that time, there is no question that the elected public school system needs a massive revamping.

Heaven knows, successive governments have tried. Think of the Liberal government with its parent-friendly Bill 86 and the attempt to transform school boards into school service centers, via Bill 40, by the Coalition Avenir Québec.

The latter bill is on hold as it is winding through the courts. The Quebec English School Boards Association (QESBA) and its vice president Noel Burke, who is also chair of the LBPSB, claim the bill is unconstitutional. The QESBA had said the same thing about Bill 86 a few years ago.

QESBA has spent about $500,000 challenging Bill 40. What a waste of precious education tax dollars.

I hope the CAQ wins in the long run because Bill 40, like Bill 86, is not unconstitutional. Both bills were designed to give greater decision-making power to those closest to our children: parents, teachers, school principals and support personnel.

QESBA is a menace to educational reform and should be ditched.

Chris Eustace

Pierrefonds

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