School organization and governance Bill 40 tabled

By Matthew McCully

The moment the educational community across the province has been waiting for finally arrived Tuesday afternoon. Minister of Education and Higher Education Jean-François Roberge tabled Bill 40, ‘An Act to amend mainly the Education Act with regard to school organization and governance.’ The explanatory notes of the bill include the following description. “The purpose of this bill is mainly to revise the organization and governance of the school boards, which are to become school service centres administered by a board of directors composed of parents, community members and members of the school service centre staff.” Following the explanatory notes, the Bill includes roughly 90 pages of amendments to not only the Education Act, but dozens of other Acts, mainly so that they would now read ‘school service centres’ instead of ‘school boards’. See full story in the Wednesday, Oct. 2 edition of The Record.

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