Sunday, June 10, 2007

From Ontario Conservative Election Platform

Take action to bring faith-based schools into the public system.

This is a question of fairness. John Tory and the PC Party believe that we
need to achieve more effective integration of Ontario’s increasingly diverse
student population into the mainstream of our province. That’s why we are
committed to creating an opportunity for non-Catholic, faith-based schools to
choose to join our publicly funded education system the same way Catholic
schools have already done. Our policy will apply only to faith-based schools
and we believe that the best results would be achieved through direct
funding rather than through tax credits.
· With this direct public funding will come strict criteria and accountability
requirements. These criteria will include the expectation that participating
schools:
• fully incorporate the complete requirements of Ontario’s common
curriculum, just as in the Catholic system;
• participate in Ontario’s standardized testing program and agree to
published results; and
• appropriately address teacher credentialing.


Tory will be running against the Education Minister Kathleen Wynne.

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