MPP's track record on education speaks volumes

Feb 3, 2007
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Re: Parents can count on system, Kathleen Wynne, Jan. 27.

It was disappointing to see the education minister make a partisan political attack on me and John Tory over my criticism of the York Region District School Board's policy to charge user fees for tutoring services.

York Region residents know full well I have always been a strong supporter of the York Region school system and they also know I have never hesitated to express my views on the issues of the day.

I stand by my objection to user fees for students who need help with the very basics of reading, writing and arithmetic. Our public education system should be providing those services at no additional cost to parents, who are already paying more than 13 per cent of their provincial taxes and 50 per cent of their property taxes for education.

Rather than resorting to partisan barbs, I would have expected the education minister to join me in defending the very basic principles of the public education system, namely, every student is entitled to a quality education to enable him or her to become the best they can be.

FRANK KLEES, MPP

OAK RIDGES

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