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Parents, students left heartbroken as fate of 3 English schools hang in balance

Education Minister Jean-François Roberge pulled the plug on any compromise to save three English-language schools from being transferred to a French school board. The news is shocking, but it’s the way he delivered it that has left hundreds of parents with a bitter taste in their mouth. Geoffrey Chambers, president of the Quebec Community Groups Network, says that Roberge deliberately speaking to French media only is a sign of disrespect and shows just how disconnected the Quebec government is to the English-speaking community.

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EMSB discusses next steps ahead of imminent transfers

Officials at the English Montreal School Board discussed possible options to tackle a threat by Education Minister Jean-François Roberge to transfer three English schools to the French school board.

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School Transfers: Francophones are Standing in Solidarity with Quebec’s English-speaking community

French-speakers across the country are standing in solidarity with Quebec’s English-speaking community as the Legault government hastily begins transferring three EMSB schools to the Commission scolaire de la Pointe-de-l’Île. 

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Quebec education minister defends decision to begin transfer of EMSB schools to French board

Education Minister Jean-François Roberge says he never planned to reveal his intention to begin transferring three EMSB schools to the Commission scolaire de la Pointe-de-l’Île during a French-language radio station interview.

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Anglo groups condemn Roberge for making school transfer announcement on French radio

Quebec Community Groups Network President Geoffrey Chambers expresses deep concerns over the decision made by Education Minister Jean-François Roberge’s decision to announce the process of transferring three English schools to the French School Board Commission, stating “”I think we’re entitled to some kind of courtesy and explanation […]Taking away our schools is just not alright. The EMSB has gone through a lot of effort to put together a reasonable offer. They are not obliged to do this. These are our assets that are supposed used for our kids.” Watch interview with Geoffrey Chambers here.

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Families, staff ‘thrown into flux’ by transfer of 3 EMSB schools to French board

Two weeks before the summer break, students and parents of three English Montreal School Board, learnt that their schools were set to be transferred to the Commission scolaire de la Pointe-de-l’Île (CSPI). The announcement was made by Education Minister Jean-François Roberge during an interview on a French radio show. President Dan Lamoureux, President of the Quebec English School Board Association expressed outrage over the decision, stating “the government has decided that our voices don’t matter and that our students don’t matter […] This is a very sad day for Quebec’s English-speaking minority.”

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Opinion: Government of Quebec should keep its hands off our schools

QCGN President Geoffrey Chambers and Quebec English School Board Association President Dan Lamoureux, have real concerns about the Coalition Avenir Québec government and Education Minister Jean-François Roberge threat to transfer three schools from the English Montreal School Board to the Commission Scolaire de la Pointe-de-lÎe (CSPI). This, Roberge insists, is necessary to ease extreme overcrowding in East-Island French schools.

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A new coalition is trying to save school boards from extinction

A new coalition is counting on grass roots support to help fight the CAQ government’s plan to abolish school boards. The coalition, the Alliance for the Promotion of Public English-language Education in Quebec (APPELE-Quebec) is chaired by former Liberal MNA Geoff Kelley and one of the co-chairs is former senator and journalist Joan Fraser.

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Geoff Kelley leads group defending school boards

A coalition of Anglo groups is uniting to defend school boards from the CAQ. Former MNA Geoff Kelley leads the group and has more.

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Newly-formed coalition says CAQ’s plan to abolish school boards is unconstitutional

A new coalition of English rights groups, politicians and schools are vowing to fight the CAQ’s plan to get rid of school boards. The coalition, APPELE – Alliance for the Promotion of Public English-Language Education – says that minority rights are protected under the Constitution, and hopes it can change the government’s mind before it gets to be a legal battle.

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