TORONTO, Dec 23 (LSN)—On Friday, the government-appointed Education Improvement Commission reviled the idea of setting up charter school opportunities in Ontario. A number of Conservative members in the Ontario government supported the notion of allowing groups of parents to obtain a charter to open a publicly funded school more or less independent from school boards.
Commission co-chair Dave Cooke argued against the proposal by pointing to the “strength” of our current system, where “all 11.5 million people in this province believe they have a stake in public education.” Charter schools would have more freedom to choose how to operate and whom to hire than publicly funded schools do currently. Although more than 800 charter schools have opened up across the US, the only Canadian province to grant charters to schools has been Alberta, which has granted twelve. Supporters see them as necessary alternatives to a publicly funded system that has been slow or has refused to respond to parents’ demands.