South Stormont ON – Education and learning is what provides light in a world of ignorant darkness. I have had many opportunities to witness first hand just how dangerous it is when people, societies and cultures are ignorant of simple facts and lack common decency in seeing each other as human beings.
So when ignorant comments are made like many of the ones from Tammy Hart, it deeply concerns me. The facts about the full day kindergarden program coming into effect this year are simple. The school boards are choosing to implement this on a much larger scale than what is being funded by the provincial government.
Whether this is a good choice or not is up for debate. What it does is stretch staff and other resources. It also raises the question as to where the school boards are taking the money from to pay for the additional offerings? Of course the boards have elected officials called Trustees whose job it is to oversee budgets and spending on behalf of the tax payers who elect them. These trustees are not the provincial government. I am surprised that Tammy, an elected city councillor, wouldn’t know this simple fact about who is accountable for how the schools spend their money.
Perhaps what is needed is for people to take a greater interest in how our local taxes, school levees being a significant portion, are invested. Perhaps we need to push for greater transparency and better reporting from our school trustees?
James Borer C.D. – South Stormont Ontario
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