VIDEO: Wilson fights for students attending demonstration schools
(April 14, 2016) Simcoe-Grey MPP Jim Wilson stood in the Ontario Legislature today during Question Period and advocated for families with children attending demonstration schools across the province.
Yesterday, the Liberal government stated it was keeping demonstration schools open for 2016-2017 but it left many questions unanswered.
Wilson told the house about the Bourachot family from Collingwood, who have a son attending Trillium Demonstration School in Milton.
"Last fall, Nathaniel was accepted to the Trillium Demonstration School in Milton. Ruth (his mom) tells me he entered Grade 7 this school year with zero ability to read. Today, he has now surpassed Kindergarten reading and is moving to Grade 3 reading. Ms. Bourachot states her son's success at Trillium is incredible. And I agree."
Wilson then shared with the legislature Ms. Bourachot's concerns in regards to the government's announcement yesterday to keep the demonstration schools open for another year.
"Speaker, Ms. Bourachot told The Toronto Star yesterday and I quote: 'They can open the applications and close the door again. They haven't told the teachers they'll have their jobs back in September, they haven't told the counsellors and support (staff) they'll have their jobs back in September.'
"Mr. Speaker, will the premier please explain to educators why these issues remain unanswered and why she's leaving such uncertainty out there? Have a heart and clean it up today," Wilson demanded.
However, Premier Kathleen Wynne did not answer Wilson's question, but rather gave a rambling response about how the Liberal government wants the best for all Ontario students.
To see the full exchange, watch the clip.
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Office of Jim Wilson, MPP for Simcoe-Grey