The School Funding Debate

Letter to the Editor, March 1, 2011

The great divide in public schools reflects the increasing divide in Ontario and Canada. The economic inequalities in Canada are one of the largest in the world and we are paying the price for this in terms of health care indices and the general well-being of our society.

Although this bigger picture needs addressing to solve the great divide, one of the interim measures to solve it could be pairing schools for fundraising – one school in a richer neighbourhood would pair with one poor school. This would mean that the fundraising for one richer school would always be shared with the poorer school and at least decrease the disparity that is growing at such an alarming rate.

Miriam Garfinkle