Overturn Robert Bateman School Closure Decision
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On June 28, 2017, Ontario Minister of Education Mitzie Hunter put a hold or moratorium on future school closures across the province. Minister Hunter stated that the current Program Accomodation Review (PAR) process is flawed and that no further schools can be closed until the process is over-hauled.
On behalf of the students of Robert Bateman High School, the 'Save Bateman Committee' is demanding that the Minster and the Premier overturn all decisions made within the (3) months prior to the moratorium being announced arguing that decisions made under the flawed process should not stand.
Premier Wynne and Minister Hunter CAN step in and can insist that these decisions be overturned. Please join us in urging them to do so.
The HDSB Trustees who voted to close Bateman just 22 days prior to the moratorium failed to fully explore a collaboration with the Halton Catholic School Board and failed to encourage community partnerships, which are both requirements by the ministry. Despite the fact ward five trustee Amy Collard presented several examples of potential partnerships, including Halton Multicultural Council, Centre of Excellence for Skills and Development and Halton Industry Education Council, they were not pursued.
The biggest concern for Bateman parents has been that the needs of special education students were not considered in the review. The voices of these students and their families were not listened to around issues such as the risks associates with transitioning medically fragile and developmentally delayed students.
Please add your voice to our request today.
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