Montreal

Planned school board cuts anger Quebec teachers

Quebec's largest teachers' union is promising to wage "war" against the Liberal government's plans to reform school boards.
The planned cuts are "catastrophic" said Réjean Parent, president of the Centre des syndicats du Québec (CSQ), the province's leading teachers' union federation. (Radio-Canada)

Quebec's largest teachers' union is promising to wage "war" against the Liberal government's plans to reform school boards.

Education Minister Line Beauchamp said this week that school board budgets will be slashed by half within three years, and administrative powers will be transferred to individual schools.

Beauchamp said money saved – up to $100-million per year – will be distributed among the schools as long as they reach certain objectives.

The plan is "catastrophic" said Réjean Parent, president of the Centre des syndicats du Québec (CSQ), the province's leading teachers' union federation.

"We will be creating a 'playoff season' dynamic for schools," Parent said at a news conference in Montreal on Friday.

"Classes are overflowing, staff is under pressure, there is no fat left to cut, we lack resources, and the government is still leaning on us."

The CSQ is ready to consider all actions to resist the cuts, including going on strike, Parent said.

There are 69 school boards in Quebec.

The Liberal plan is expected to be adopted on the weekend during a Liberal party congress.

With files from the Canadian Press

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