In Ontario, the government provides no financial support for students in independent schools.
Ontario has a higher percentage of students in independent schools than Alberta and Saskatchewan.
John Torys decision this week to put his partys faith-based school funding question to a free vote underlines the fact that both the Conservatives and the Liberals have defined this issue through emotional appeals that resonate on the level of personal conscience.
Many who support the idea call on us to end a simple injustice in a system that funds Catholic schools but not those of other religions. Many who oppose this proposal do so by spreading fear that it will divide our community into isolated religious enclaves.
Everyone wants our schools to do a better job of educating our kids. When some schools do just that, it is cause for celebration.
There was magic in the air at the Georgia Hotel in Vancouver on Tuesday night. An energetic crowd with a keen interest in education gathered to celebrate the success enjoyed by outstanding school teams -- principals, teachers, and support staff -- from 28 British Columbia elementary and secondary schools.