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Changes desired to Bill 40

The leaders of Alliance for the Promotion of Public English-Language Education in Quebec (APPELE-Quebec criticize the Coalition Avenir Québec’s plans of abolishing school boards and express their concerns with the impact this could have on Quebec’s English-speaking community.

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Opinion: Bill to abolish school boards requires significant amendments

With the government of Quebec tabling Bill 40, the framework for the proposed abolition of school boards, the three leaders of the Alliance for the Promotion of Public English-language Education in Quebec (APPELE-Quebec) maintain that many serious problems remain to be addressed. Geoffrey Kelley, Joan Fraser and Kevin Shaar emphasize that the bill, as it is currently constituted, will discourage community and volunteer involvement, muzzle our elected officials and increase the grip on our school system held by the education minister and ministry officials.  “We will continue our analysis, and we encourage the government to allow for a full public policy debate.”

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Analysis: Pride and Pragmatism are Hallmarks of Legault’s First Year in Office

The Montreal Gazette’s political reporter Philip Authier reflects on key moments that have marked the Coalition Avenir Québec’s first year in power. There have been a series of initiatives, most notably the plan to abolish school boards and the implementation of Bill 21, have concerned the community at large commented QCGN President Geoffrey Chambers.

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Poll – English-speaking Quebecers Views on School Boards

What do English-speaking Quebecers think about the current state of affairs in their home province? This five-part study is based on one of the largest surveys of opinion conducted to-date of Quebec English-speakers. 

Conducted by Léger Marketing for the Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN), the Community Economic Development and Employability Corporation (CEDEC), the Quebec English School Board Association (QESBA) and the Association for Canadian Studies (ACS), the survey was conducted via web panel between August 29 and September 4, 2019.

The poll sampled 1, 937 Quebecers which included 1019 English-speaking Quebecers, 773 French-speaking Quebecers and 144 persons whose first language is neither English nor French. The survey has a margin of error of 2.5 19 times out of 20.

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Anglo Group, Quebec Education Minister Meet to Discuss School Boards

Following a meeting with Education Minister Jean-François Roberge last week, representatives of Quebec’s English-speaking community are cautiously optimistic they have the government’s ear ahead of its planned school board reform. “The minister gave us a good solid hour and listened carefully to the positions of the community, which were very well expressed,” said Quebec Community Groups Network president Geoffrey Chambers, who took part in the meeting.

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QCGN and CAQ hold meeting ahead of the new school year

QCGN President Geoffrey Chambers sat down with Global Montreal’s Dan Spector to discuss a recent meeting between APPELE-Québec, which is defending democratically elected school boards, and Education Minister Jean-François Roberge, whose government has plan to abolish them. 

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English Quebecers strong supporters of school boards: poll

A majority of English-speaking Quebecers believe schools boards play a key role in both the well-being of the education system and the protection of the community’s linguistic-minority rights. Commissioned by Alliance for the Promotion of Public English-language Education in Quebec (APPELE-Québec), the Léger Marketing poll was conducted between March 13-21, 2019.

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English-speaking community groups rally to fight CAQ plan to close school boards

QCGN President Geoffrey Chambers cites Supreme Court ruling to define English-speaking community coalition’s determination to fight CAQ plan to eliminate province’s school boards. “The court,” said Chambers, “… ruled that minority language communities have the right to control and manage the educational facilities in which their children are taught both to ensure and enable that their language and culture can flourish.”

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English schools are not a miracle cure for overcrowding (FR)

L’accueil d’élèves francophones dans des écoles anglophones dépeuplées n’est pas une panacée à la surpopulation dans le réseau scolaire de langue française, prévient la plus grande commission scolaire du Québec.

Le déclin de la communauté anglophone a beau avoir libéré 2250 places dans des écoles de l’île de Montréal, ces locaux vides sont pour la plupart situés loin des écoles francophones qui débordent. « Les espaces disponibles dans les commissions scolaires anglophones ne sont pas comme un coup de baguette magique qui va tout régler », dit Catherine Harel Bourdon, présidente de la Commission scolaire de Montréal (CSDM).

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Quebec education minister reiterates ‘no room for interpretation’ about abolishing school boards

Quebec Education Minister Jean-François Roberge reiterated Tuesday that there is “no room for interpretation” when it comes to the government’s plan to abolish school boards.

“I think our plan is pretty clear. We want to transform school boards into service centres for schools,” he said.

“We want to emphasize all the decisions that are being taken by the governing board of each school and we want to abolish the election for trustees. It’s pretty clear.”

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