|Launch of a petition by the Coalition for Priority in Education - Let us make public education a true priority|
MONTREAL, February 11, 2013 — The Coalition priorité éducation [Coalition for Priority in Education], whose spokesperson is Mr. Boucar Diouf, has officially launched a petition targeted to make education a true priority in Quebec. Initiated by the Fédération des comités de parents du Québec (FCPQ) [Federation of Parent Committees in Quebec], the petition has the support of many partners from diverse backgrounds, i.e. parents, unions, school principals, administrators, professionals, academics, and members of financial, cultural and community sectors.
The coalition will collect signatures from the interested parties for submission to the National Assembly this spring. "This coalition is a non-partisan gesture; either for nor against a political party, nor for or against a government, but to challenge ALL members of the National Assembly. The coalition does not suggest ways or means. Such is not its role. The coalition asks members of National Assembly to act. The impact of cuts are no longer tolerable," says Gaston Rioux, President of the FCPQ.
According to information gathered by the partners, including the FCPQ, education cutbacks affect direct services to students, undermine the quality of their educational environment, affect perseverance as well as academic success. "Ultimately, that leads us to inquire whether education is a priority, adds Mr. Rioux. For this reason we have decided to put forward a series of actions intended to sensitize the National Assembly and the general public to the importance of taking the necessary steps to make public education an absolute priority in Quebec.”
Michael J. Cohen