Below is a letter on behalf of PNP that Chair, Shirl Delarue, sent to The Honourable Kathleen Wynne, Premier of the Province of Ontario and The Honourable Liz Sandals, Minister of Education for the Province of Ontario. The recommendations enclosed can be found here.
March 1, 2013
The Honourable Kathleen Wynne
Toronto, ON M7A 1A1
The Honourable Liz Sandals
Minister of Education
22nd Floor, Mowat Block
900 Bay Street
Toronto, ON M7A 1L2
Dear Premier Wynne and Minister Sandals,
I am writing to you on behalf of Peterborough Needs PCVS, a seventeen member committee whose mandate was to save Peterborough Collegiate (PCVS) from closure and to co-ordinate the work of hundreds of citizens in this effort.
Through exhaustive analysis from the outset of the ARC until the present, we developed an understanding of the need to revise and strengthen the MEDU Accommodation Review and Administrative Review guidelines and processes. Our recommendations are also informed by our experience as applicants in a judicial review which was heard by the Divisional Court of Ontario at Osgoode Hall in June, 2012.
Our purpose in developing the recommendations which follow is not to make it impossible for Boards of Education to close schools but rather to ensure that Boards make the best possible decisions in a consultative and transparent fashion. We expect our provincial leaders to set the highest possible standards to ensure that Boards of Education make decisions which are both educationally and fiscally sound.
We urge you to give serious consideration to the attached recommendations. Please know that we are willing to meet to further elaborate on the suggestions we have made to change policy and practice in order to produce better outcomes for students and communities.
Shirl Delarue, Chair
Co-ordinating Committee, Peterborough Needs PCVS
Cc: Jeff Leal, MPP Peterborough and Minister of Rural Affairs
George Zegarac, Deputy Minister of Education
Nancy Whynot, Director, Capital Programs Branch