A shift in the political climate, I hope

There is something different about school closings this time around.

Last time, in 2011, the board went after a few schools in poorer areas and was successful in closing some. The media, for the most part, bought the idea that lower percentage capacity was a good reason for doing it and hardly mentioned the selling off of school land that resulted.

This time there seems to be a change. Many articles like the Star’s today focus on that economic targeting. Some even address the foolishness of selling off school sites to pay for a repair backlog that the province willfully created.

This could mean that communities fighting closures will have a better political climate to make their points in.

But what needs to be addressed is the basic issue of the push to reduce services, including education, for working people so that the rich can get richer.

Staffing in schools have been reduced year after year with through higher class sizes, fewer librarians and guidance counsellors, deteriorating buildings etc.  Most of these cuts were invisible to all but school staff and students.

Perhaps, school closures, the physical results of the neo-liberal mentality, will be a start to true resistance.

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Published in: on February 9, 2015 at 6:40 am  Leave a Comment  

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