Tag Archive for: English Montreal School Board

Marlene Jennings apologizes for backing premier in school spat

Marlene Jennings says she was wrong to back Premier François Legault when he suggested the English Montreal School Board was not qualified to decide about school openings and closings.

“When you are wrong, you are wrong!,” Jennings, head of the Quebec Community Groups Network, said in a tweet Thursday.

“And boy was I wrong to support Legault on school closures (or not).

“EMSB was right and I was wrong. I apologize unreservedly to EMSB. Full stop.”

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Anglo school boards hit back at Jennings for siding with Legault

QUEBEC — A war of words has erupted after Marlene Jennings, head of the Quebec Community Groups Network, sided with Premier François Legault over whether the English Montreal School Board is qualified to make decisions about re-opening schools.

“I love it!!!,” Jennings tweeted Wednesday after Legault questioned the EMSB’s decision to resist his government’s order to send older high school students back to class full time — an order the government soon rescinded.

QCGN Opposes Holding School Board Elections in Red Zones

Montreal, November 14, 2020 – The Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN) shares the disbelief of parents and school board officials who have just learned that English school board elections will be held December 20 – despite the sustained surge in COVID-19 cases. “This new date is valid for all school boards, even if their territory […]

Judge rejects demand to halt transfer of two Montreal English schools to French system

A Superior Court Judge rejected a request by the English Montreal School Board (EMSB) for an injunction to prevent the transfer of two east-end schools the overcrowded French system. EMSB argued the government’s decision to take away the schools violated minority language rights guaranteed in the Constitution. In an interview with Canadian Press, QCGN President Geoffrey Chambers said he “hoped and expected” the EMSB will pursue the case. “This is not the last batch of kids that are going to face this,” he said. “And if we don’t establish what the limit of the government rights of intervention are, these problems are just going to continue.”

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Quebec opens sweeping investigation into EMSB mismanagement allegations

Calling the situation “serious and troubling,” the Quebec government has launched a sweeping administrative investigation into allegations of chronic mismanagement and ethical transgressions at the English Montreal School Board.

But Education Minister Jean-François Roberge has denied the inquiry is a political move designed to intimidate the board, which is among many that oppose the government’s plans to transform boards into service centres.

“They are two totally separate issues,” Roberge told reporters, announcing what will be a nine-month “exhaustive” inquiry into the EMSB with a report due in the minister’s hands by Sept. 10.

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