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Do you think the Public and Catholic Schoolboards should be amalgamated?

 

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No

28.00

Yes

72.00

 

100.00%

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*Please note we remove duplicate votes from the same source.  Computers keep track of that type of thing easily.  It's a waste of time voting more than once.  If you have a  longer comment than 400 characters, Please email us with your extended comment..

In this survey there were an inordinate number of multiple votes with a comment that indicated anger and/or frustration.  We counted only one vote whether No or Yes. 

 Multiple voting .... hmmmm.  You can express your opinion easily in the comments without trying to influence the vote one way or another.  Most people just vote and don't comment.

 

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Reader Comments

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Duplication of services. Better yet stop all funding to the Catholic Board. Its a dangerous precident funding religious schools, others will/should be in line for funding.
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No need for 2 boards? To manage schools.
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We only need one that teaches all religions.
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There should be one public system and if parents want a school associated with a specific religion they should have to pay for it. A world religion course should be an option at the public system for students to select if they so decide.
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With schools in both boards (in all school board areas) being closed due to lack of enrolment - amalgamation would allow a school to remain open in smaller communities
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It will save a good deal of money. The public school board is bloated with officials and staff and they built a big building to house all of the this and that.
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My Yes is with some hesitation. While we could cut out one full cost of administration services with one board where would the line be drawn for presentations to students with religious vs non-religious content.
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There is no disputing concern about the inequity of one religious school system being publicly funded to the exclusion of all other religions. Merging the two systems would result in substantial cost savings but ideally not at the cost of quality of education.
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Too much money for both systems to be publicly funded
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The Catholic School boards in Ontario are constitutionally permitted and protected.
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It's time we created a single board with a single administration - we can no longer afford duplication.
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Cut out some of the dead wood. Reduce the admin costs. Balance class room sizes. Close redundant and under attended schools. Sell surplus assets to hire more teachers.
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Years ago it was one schoolboard (sort of like one size fits all), until religion took over!
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One education system would be a great cost saving action. The elimination of double administrations would be very cost effective.
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The education system is out of touch with reality. Schools are not the venue for religion!What a waste of tax dollars. ALMALGAMATE
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Kids should go to the school closest to them. Schools are under capacity.
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Yes yes yes ....it's about time !!!
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110%!!!
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Too much duplication and wasted money by having 2 school boards that are essentially doing the same thing.
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Then maybe all that work to rule might stop and children would get the proper education they should be getting..........
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Time to get rid of Catholic schools and school boards, if the religious want to brainwash their children than they should pay for it our of their own pocket.
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Bill Davis gave the go ahead to create the Catholic Board despite little evidence to justify that costly politically motivated step. Having said that, if no religion is to be allowed in publicly funded schools, why are Muslims being allowed to do just that ?
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it getting too expensive to fund both systems
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without a doubt...we spend way to much on bureaucracy and 1/2 empty schools
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I believe public money should pay for public education. There are too many religious and special interset groups. When we want to teach our children that everyone is the same why do we encourage contrasting ideals that are inconsistent with others. this only leads to violence and hatred. Just look at todays world when different cultures interact. star
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There is no moral reason why a particular religion should be publicly funded. Religion should be inculcated by parents and church.
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Would the amalgamation be of benefit to the taxpayer? I don't think that is clear right now. The amalgamated school board may just have more money to waste.
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Not enough kids. It is all our money. Not enough to keep two systems functional. No significant difference in education. want religion - go to church.
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Two systems in this day and age a waste of money. Curriculum is supposed to be the same as both are publicly funded. NO other religion is given funding for a private education.Even the UN indicates this a very discriminatory practice. Children educated in the Catholic system do not display any better morals / values then students of the public system. Amalgamate!!! Why . It is 2016 !!!!!!
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With the stipulation that the amalgamation cuts administration people. No new admin buildings like the last time boards amalgamated Use this amalgamation to redraw school boundaries and close schools
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Running parallel school systems is not practical and divides our society. It will also lead to other minority religions demanding their own school system, further fragmenting our communities.
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How many children are in the Catholic system that are not Catholic? Would be interesting to see!
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It will save 1.5 Billion a year. That is 'B' for Billion dollars. If you want separate education you pay for separate education. The sooner the better. The BWDSB is making decisions that may change if one Board was introduced.
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It is a duplication of services. If you want to teach religion, teach it as an elective. Catholic schools filled are filled with over 50% non-catholics. They spend more on after school bussing than some schools have in their whole budget.
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Maybe not amalgamation but at least integration to lessen the pressure on smaller community based schools. French immersion also put major strains on the smaller schools and busing expenses.
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duplication of costs is obvious JHC
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it is an antique sideshow and tax payer burden. JohnBoy.
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Moral standards and expectations are included in the Catholic School system,- not so in the Public School System.
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It would save so much money at the administration level...no one religion should have a "public" school to attend.
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amalgamate or loose funding for the Catholic board. We have public funded schools, the Catholic schools are the only religious schools being funded which is totally wrong. If the Catholic board gets funding all religious schools should have funding too!

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I think we should consolidate the 2 school boards and schools and concentrate on one good system.
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They are as fine as they are.
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It's the only time kids can get prayer anymore!
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Need to only have one system to save money to the tax payers.
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This would save us millions of dollars in salaries of directors, buildings, etc - schools can offer the religion aspect within the curriculum.
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Save on duplicate expenses and amalgamate!
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Absolutely. It has been done in other provinces aka NFLD for example where there is political will and competent politicians which unfortunately does not exist in Ontario.
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Religion should never play a part in education. Human values definitely and that applies to all religions.
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