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Education Minister Likes Idea Of Turning Shuttered Schools Into Community Hubs

The province’s Education Minister likes the idea of turning shuttered schools into community hubs.

However, Kathleen Wynne couldn’t say how many schools were on the chopping block – or even if Ontario has the money for such an endeavour.

On Monday, the group People for Education said that 172 education centres were scheduled to shut down, and 163 more are under review.

Wynne couldn’t confirm those numbers, saying they are constantly changing.

“Though there are times when closing a school is the right choice, there are many other cases where schools could be kept viable by changes in both funding and policy,” Annie Kidder, Executive Director of People for Education, outlined in a press release.

The group proposed that the schools be turned into resource centres for families and the community.

Wynne said that extra space in smaller schools could be used for those purposes. But the policy may not come into place in time to save those schools currently slated to close.

The current funding formula allocates money to schools on a per pupil basis.

The plan is also supported by Conservative education critic Elizabeth Witmer.