The new year brings news that more parents have decided to mobilize to try to end the provincial government’s discrimination in its educational funding policies against independent schools.
GAJE was advised that a new group called Parents of Ontario Independent School Students (POISS) has been recently formed “to access government funds for our schools”.
The founders of POISS have organized at this time as part of the run-up to the upcoming June provincial election. “Now is an ideal time”, the POISS organizers wrote, to let the Legislature’s incumbents and the many candidates for election know that the continuation of Ontario’s funding discrimination is unacceptable.
POISS advises that it “has networked with organizations representing about 1,500 independent Ontario schools. Its goal is to unite all parents and members of independent schools in Ontario.” POISS is asking interested individuals to correspond with the Premier and with Education Minister Stephen Lecce to convey our displeasure with the current state of educational funding. POISS urges the premier and the minister to “rectify existing inequities” in the government’s funding policies. A proposed letter to the premier and the minister appears on the POISS website. POISS also encourages interested individuals to get involved in its campaign and to share the organization’s message widely with family and friends.
The Vaad Harabonim of Toronto has endorsed POISS and has published a letter to that effect.
For more information about POISS please visit their website:
GAJE endorses POISS’ objective. But as readers of this weekly update know, GAJE has decided to try to end the discrimination in the province’s educational funding by resort to the courts.
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Grassroots for Affordable Jewish Education (GAJE),
January 7, 2022