Ontario Association of Alternative and Independent Schools (OAAIS)
Organization profile published 1979

Year Published:  1979  
Resource Type:  Organization
Cx Number:  CX902

Three people met in the summer of 1974 to discuss their concern over alternative and independent schools in Ontario.

Abstract:  Three people met in the summer of 1974 to discuss their concern over alternative and independent schools in Ontario. They formed a group and drafted principles of association "that would be recognized by the many kinds of independent schools spread across Ontario".

The group known as Ontario Association of Alternative and Independent Schools (OAAIS) works for greater "freedom-of-association in Ontario education". Their three basic articles reflect concern for opportunities for parents to choose how their children will be educated; the opportunity for parents to designate how their tax money will be spent in the area of education; and the just support of all education systems by the tax dollars.

They provide a forum for education policy-makers to discuss the role and importance of independent schools; they act as a clearing house of information and services for schools.

OAAIS now has five regions in Ontario: North, East, West, Central and the Niagara Peninsula. They have been able to aid in the formation of school associations such as the Association of Catholic High School Boards, the Ontario Alliance of Christian Schools and the Ontario Association of Governing Bodies of Independence Schools.

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