Small schools in small Ontario communities don’t need to close

Up to 37 communities in rural and small-town Ontario may lose their local schools because the government’s current education funding model does not support the ongoing viability of small schools.Parents, students and community leaders know that when school buildings are shuttered or sold, and students spend long hours each day being bussed to large population centres, non-urban areas become less attractive to families and businesses. Schools remain hubs of activity and life that, in some cases, have marked our countryside for decades.Unfortunately, so far the only solution to school closures involves loud calls for more funding. And more broadly, we’re

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