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CSDM teachers organize 'human chain' protests around schools

Teachers at 25 schools at the Commission Scolaire de Montréal were joined by parents and students this morning in forming a "human chain" to protest government cuts to education.

Organizers cite overcrowding and scaled back services as reasons for the protest

Students at Saint-Jean-de-Brébeuf made drawings in support of the May 1 morning protest. (Thomas Gerbet/Radio-Canada)

Teachers at 25 schools in Montreal's French-language school board — the Commission Scolaire de Montréal (CSDM) — were joined by parents and students in forming a "human chain" to protest government cuts to education.

The May 1 protests, held between 7:30 a.m. and 8 a.m., were led by Saint-Jean-de-Brébeuf, a primary school in Rosemont—La-Petite-Patrie.

Lyne Duhaime, head of the governing board at the school, cited overcrowding and scaled back services as reasons for the protest.

"In Quebec, primary and secondary education is a fundamental right... However, the current situation threatens this right," Duhaime said in a statement.

"We demand adequate and stable funding for the primary and secondary public education system in Quebec, a rapid and lasting solution to overcrowding in schools and access to professional services for our children and their teachers."

Here is a list of the participating schools:

  • 1. Saint-Jean-de-Brébeuf
  • 2. Sainte-Cécile
  • 3. Saint-Anselme
  • 4. Rose-des-vents
  • 5. Saint-Pierre-Claver
  • 6. Saint-Arsène
  • 7. École Saint-Marc
  • 8. Saint-Barthélemy
  • 9. Saint-François-Solano
  • 10. Saint - Ambroise
  • 11. Saint-Clément
  • 12. Laurier
  • 13. Lanaudière
  • 14. Charles Bruneau
  • 15. Face
  • 16. Ste-Bibiane
  • 17. Charles-Lemoyne
  • 18. Madeleine de Verchères
  • 19. Hélène-Boullé
  • 20. La Mennais
  • 21. CPE Harmonie
  • 22. École St-Donat
  • 23. Au pied de la montagne
  • 24. École Arc-en-ciel
  • 25. École Espace-jeunesse

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