Friday, July 01, 2005

And Now For Some News From The Great White North

Up in Canada, they also have difficulties adequately funding public schools.

Parents made one last stab Tuesday night at convincing trustees to keep their kids' schools open, but in the end the board voted to close Strathearn, Wellington and North Edmonton.

"It's just a big hassle for every other kid who has to go to a different school," David Bear, who attended Grade 9 at Wellington Junior High, said.

The Edmonton Public School Board had marked the schools, Strathearn Elementary, North Edmonton Elementary and Wellington Junior High, along with Terrace Heights, for closure earlier this year.

A number of parents are calling for an investigation into how the board handled the process.
"We really believe it's an important next step," said Kathryn Burke, whose son attended Strathearn school, 8728 93 Ave.

She sent a letter to Education Minister Gene Zwozdesky calling for an inquiry under Section 41 of the School Act into the Edmonton public school board's conduct during the school closure process.

Under the act, the minister can appoint someone to investigate the financial, administrative or other conditions of a board and can give that person the same powers as a commissioner under the Public Inquires Act.
Is there any public school system on Earth that is not underfunded?
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