For Immediate Release
January 22, 2007

PCs REJECT EDUCATION USER FEE

Students paying for extra help proves Ontario’s education system in trouble under McGuinty

(Queen’s Park) – Progressive Conservative Education critic Frank Klees today rejected a McGuinty government sanctioned plan under which students at the York Region school board would be required to pay for an after-school tutoring program.

This is a major departure from the principles of public education in Ontario,” said Klees. “Public education promises that every student has equal access to a quality education and that every student will receive the remedial support he or she requires without a “user fee” being imposed on parents, especially under the pressure of a “teacher recommendation.”

Klees added: “Our school system has a responsibility to ensure that every student receives the remedial assistance necessary and should not have to look outside the classroom for that support.  The question Mr. McGuinty must answer is why public education is failing our students in these early years.”

Klees blames the McGuinty Liberals for not addressing the education funding formula as they had promised to do and called on them to prioritize education funding. Klees made the comments today following a report by the Toronto Star about a pilot program being run by the York school board that will charge students $190 dollars for after-school instruction. The article also reported that York is believed to be the first board in the province to charge students for extra help, which Klees feels sets a dangerous precedent for the education system in Ontario. Education Minister Kathleen Wynne told CTV she did not have a problem with the practice.

“Once again York Region parents are being asked to pay more and get less by the McGuinty Liberals,” said   Klees. “This amounts to another McGuinty user fee. Students in York Region deserve better than this – they deserve a fair and equitable education system built upon equal access for all.”


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