Oppose Rural School Closures Petition

TO the Legislative Assembly of Ontario:-


WHEREAS rural schools play an integral role in their communities by attracting new people to small communities and providing an education


AND WHEREAS rural schools are so much more than schools to these communities because they provide a community space for a number of activities


AND WHEREAS rural communities have faced hospital bed closures and forced industrial scale energy project construction among other policies that the government has pursued which stifle growth in rural communities.


AND WHEREAS the current Accommodation Review Committee process is being forced through on a shortened timeline and only after the government made regulatory changes that make it easier to close a small rural school


WE the undersigned petition the Legislative Assembly of Ontario as follows:


That an immediate moratorium be established on the Accommodation Review Committee process, that planned school closures be halted and that the government be forced to consider the long term impact closing these schools will have on the communities they serve.

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  • signed 2017-04-03 20:28:01 -0400
    I think that the funding formula for schools located in smaller towns needs to change, because these schools are a critical part of the fabric holding the community together. Also, it doesn’t make sense to have kids spending hours on the bus everyday, because the school is far away. The existence of a school in a community makes it attractive for businesses and people to locate there.
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  • posted about this on Facebook 2017-03-30 19:51:06 -0400
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  • signed 2017-03-30 19:50:35 -0400
  • signed 2017-03-30 19:41:34 -0400
    All our schools are important and education should be a priority to our leaders, as the children our the future.
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  • signed 2017-03-29 21:33:32 -0400
    My child is the 3rd generation in our family to attend Hillcrest public school. We walk to and from school everyday. If this school closes we have to trade in our feet for a bus.

    It’s a shame what’s happening to our communities.
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  • signed 2017-03-29 19:22:34 -0400
    Vicky Verner. I have a special needs child with Autism. I will be forced to homeschool him with a closing of Queen Elizaberh PS. This is exactly not what he needs. He requires socialization in a smaller school setting. As per a specialist recommendations which he has put in writing. When do we look at whats best for the Youth in our communities as opposed to saving money.
  • signed 2017-03-29 19:11:06 -0400
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  • signed via 2017-03-23 09:23:54 -0400
    Once again the Queen’s Park juggernaut rolls across the province with an unreasonably accelerated time line, wilful dismissal of highly paid consultants’ recommendations (why bother asking/hiring them in the first place??) and making arbitrary decisions based on inaccurate data and demanding that local school boards rubber stamp what has already been decided upon and fomenting unnecessary competition among County school families.
  • signed 2017-03-23 07:38:14 -0400
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  • signed 2017-03-15 07:05:04 -0400
    Killing small towns and the heart of their community.
  • signed 2017-03-06 18:59:19 -0500
  • signed 2017-03-05 23:24:01 -0500
    Peter Nayler