No merging public, Catholic schools: Wynne

By: The Canadian Press

 | May 27, 2014 - 11:55 AM |
SAULT-STE-MARIE, Ont. - Premier Kathleen Wynne says she won't merge Ontario's public and Catholic school systems as other provinces have done if the Liberals are re-elected June 12.

The party's Sudbury candidate Andrew Olivier said in a CBC radio interview that amalgamation is a great idea that would save tax dollars and ensure they were spent on students.

Wynne says Olivier is entitled to his opinion, but it's not something her party will do.

She says amalgamation becomes a distraction from the work that needs to be done in the education system, like adapting the classroom to include the use of more technology.

She says opening up a constitutional debate about merging school systems would get in the way of that work.

Wynne says the Progressive Conservatives' plan to cut 100,000 public sector jobs, including teachers, will turn schools back into the "conflict zones" she says they were under former Tory premier Mike Harris.

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