Report: “gross underfunding”

As far back as 2002, a $5.6 billion repair backlog existed in Ontario’s publicly funded schools. Today, there is $15.9 billion of disrepair in the buildings where 2 million Ontario children spend their days.

At Queens Park Media Studio 10am Tues, Nov 14 2017 economist Hugh Mackenzie will release his report entitled, “Ontario’s deteriorating schools – the fix is not in”. Details of the $15.9 billion repair backlog in Ontario’s schools are explained in the report and Mackenzie outlines what the next provincial government must do to fix our schools.

The Campaign for Public Education and the Fix Our Schools Campaign will build on Mackenzie’s report by asking each provincial candidate running in the June 2018 provincial election to advocate an Ontario-wide “State of Good Repair Standard” for all publicly funded schools and provide the funding needed to erase the $15.9 billion backlog within 4 years.

Students, parents, teachers, education workers and school trustees will be at the press conference and across this province they will be working tirelessly to ensure that every successful candidate in the June 2018 election has committed to publicly funded schools by pledging to vigorously advance this agenda when elected.

Press contacts: Krista Wylie, Fix Our Schools 416 525-1540       Stephen Seaborn, CPE 416 737-2980