PCs REJECT EDUCATION USER FEE

30 January 2007  

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

Frank Klees, MPP and Education Critic sent the following letter to the Editor of the Liberal Today.

The Liberal                                                     30 January 2007        

Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor,

Re:  Kathleen Wynne, Jan. 27, 2007 (See below)

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 School Board’s policy to charge user fees for tutoring services.

York Region residents know full well that I have always been a strong supporter of the York Region school system, but they also know that 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 over 13 percent of their provincial taxes and 50 percent 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, that every student is entitled to a quality education that will enable him or her to become the best they can be.  Those students who may need additional support to achieve success should receive that remedial help from within the school system without parents being asked to pay a user fee for a parallel tutoring service. 

Perhaps the minister missed the point or else conveniently chose to deflect the focus of my criticism, namely, that if the McGuinty government was adequately funding our schools, user fees for tutoring services for our grades 4 through 6 students would not be in the news.

Yours truly,

Frank Klees, MPP

Oak Ridges

PC Education and Citizenship

& Immigration Critic

www.frank-klees.on.ca

http://www.frank-klees.on.ca/news/2007/Jan22_07TutorUserFees.htm


Parents can count on system
Jan 27, 2007

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Re: You can't count on system, MPP Klees tells parents, Jan. 23.

The McGuinty government is committed to investing in the best public education in Ontario. It's a shame Frank Klees, a long time supporter of private schools, continues to try and undermine the good work of public schools in York Region. Instead of fearmongering and undermining publicly funded education, Mr. Klees and his leader, John Tory, should celebrate the successes of this board.

KATHLEEN WYNNE
MINISTER OF EDUCATION

YorkRegion.com

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