TORONTO, Feb. 16, 2019 /CNW/ – The reasoning behind the Ford government’s rumoured plans to reduce the number of school boards across Ontario is based on a set of false assumptions and the move won’t save money, but will weaken the province’s education system, says Laura Walton, president of the Ontario School Board Council of Unions (OSBCU), a council of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE).
Walton made her comments in response to a news report issued late Friday afternoon, which said the government was considering plans to merge school boards in Ontario’s public system to streamline administration and cut board bureaucracy. The change is expected to take aim at school boards in smaller communities.
“This plan is not based in reality. There is nothing in our experience that suggests mergers will lead to cost savings in the long run,” said Laura Walton, president of the OSBCU. “Public sector restructuring in other sectors has demonstrated that mergers can actually cost far more than they save. In fact, Ontario’s Auditor General found that hospital restructuring under the Mike Harris government actually cost $3.2 billion.”