One Public Education Now is a coalition of groups and individuals who are crowdfunding for a constitutional challenge through our courts to eliminate the public funding of the duplicate Catholic Separate school system

 

 

 

Some of us have religious affiliations and some of us don’t, but we all believe in one non-denominational two-language public school system. It has been estimated the elimination of the separate system could save 1.25 to 1.6 billion dollars a year...(1)

One plaintiff in our proposed court case is a young high school teacher who has been able to obtain only supply or long-term occasional teaching. She can’t qualify for a full-time position in approximately one-third of the publicly-funded permanent teaching positions in her area because she is not Catholic. Yet the Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic District School Board receives only about 7% of its operational funding from residential property taxes from separate school supporters; it receives about 78% of its operational funding, and all of its capital funding, from general provincial revenues...(2)
That is, from all of us, religious and not religious, Catholic or not Catholic.

On average, from 2002-2003 to 2010-11, separate schools boards received about $1,150 more per student every year than public schools in operational funding from the provincial government...(3)
On average, separate school boards received, from 2011-12 to 2014-15, about $1,600 more per student every year than public schools in operational funding from the provincial government, and about $1,700 more per student every year from the provincial government in combined operational and capital funding..(4)

Another plaintiff is a parent of two children who go to public French schools. The closest publicly-funded French school is about a 20 minute drive away. But his children have to be bused about 55 minutes each way because the closest publicly-funded French school is Catholic Separate

Our constitutional challenge is based on the principle that the funding of the Ontario separate school system violates the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, s.15, which guarantees everyone the equal benefit and protection of the law. With the abolishment of separate schools in Quebec in 1997, and other changes to the legal landscape, the 1987 Reference re Bill 30  (5) case which said the Charter did not apply to the funding of Ontario Catholic Separate schools should be re-examined.


 

 

1. Federation of Urban Neighbourhoods of Ontario, Ontario Public and Catholic School Merger Study, March 2012

2 Freedom of Information Request FOI EDU-160070, January 2017

3 Freedom of Information Request FOI EDU-120041, May 2012

4 Freedom of Information Request FOI EDU-160070, January 2017

5 [1987] 1 S.C.R. 1148

Organizing Committee

 

Renton Patterson
Reva Landau
Adrienne Havercroft

Email: OPEN@cripeweb.org

 

By Mail:

P.O. Box 19049
Walmer P.O.
360 A Bloor St. W.
Toronto, ON
M5S 3C9

 


 


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