Faced with declining enrollment Toronto School Board may have to close 171 schools


The Toronto School Board is considering closing171 schools to deal with a significant drop in enrollment. While the student population has dropped by 71,000 students, many worry that closing schools will have serious consequences for students, families and neighbourhoods. Trustee Cathy Dandy called closing schools “the most wasteful, inefficient, myopic thing any government can consider, and (it) flies in the face of what every progressive jurisdiction is doing.”

She called it foolish to close schools “at a time when kids have increasingly complex needs and we could be putting in mental health centres, health centres and programs for seniors” to better serve communities.

Read more in the Toronto Star. 


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