Election School Board Study Panel

Election School Board Study Panel – Report 2015

The Election School Board Study Panel report identifies options for selecting school Commissioners and make recommendations on how to improve the process which the English Community partners below can present to the government of Quebec.

The community partners were made up of the Quebec English School Boards Association (QESBA), English Parents’ Community Association (EPCA), the Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN) and the Quebec Federation of Home and School Associations (QFHSA).

Election School Board Study Panel – School Board Commissioners

Corrinna Pole in July 2015, had this to say about School Board Commissioners:

Our school board commissioners have an important role to play. It’s vital that they are not far removed from our communities so they can be made aware of the issues that affect our children. In our case, our daughter requires support services. Knowing I have the option to contact a local commissioner to bring their attention to a gap in services is comforting and empowering. If my requests for support were filtered through a distant and disconnected office somewhere, they may never be addressed.

Election School Board Study Panel – English Minority communities

A support document for the forum’s plenary sessions prepared by Québec’s Ministère de l’Éducation, du Loisir et du Sport in 2008 stated this:

English Minority communities have strong ties to their School Boards, the only public institutions whose directors are elected exclusively by members of these communities. Schools are also where much of community life takes place. Community school projects reveal the importance of this aspect, which transcends a strictly educational mission.

Election School Board Study Panel – Urges the Québec Government

Finally, the Election Systems Study Panel urges the Québec government to give act to the reality that Québec’s Francophones are no longer just a majority; Québec’s Francophone society has evolved, is flourishing, and is a secure dominant majority.

Therefore the Québec government must give serious consideration to the demands of its English Minority Communities that its legislation, policies and regulations be reviewed through the lens of a secure dominant majority with special responsibilities and duties to ensure that the vitality of its English Minority Communities is no longer imperiled and that these communities cease to decline and instead flourish.

To do so may require, as many of those consulted suggested, an authorization by the National Assembly of Québec or the government of Québec that Section 23(1)(a) of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms be allowed to come into force.

Election School Board Study Panel – Full report in English

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