|EMSB PLEASED WITH INVESTMENT IN EDUCATION|
MONTREAL, MARCH 18, 2016 – The English Montreal School Board has reacted to the tabling of a new budget by the Quebec government, which includes a long awaited investment in the education system.
''We are happy that our voices have been heard,” said EMSB Chairman Angela Mancini. “This is a step in the right direction , but we still have a long road ahead of us in an attempt to make up for the $1 billion worth of cuts over the last five years in the education sector. We want to continue to work together with the government through a constructive dialogue in order to provide the quality service that our children deserve.''
The budget promises among other specific items an overall three percent increase. Furthermore, an additional investment of approximately $600 million over three years to reinvest specifically in infrastructure, $39 million to support early intervention for elementary students and $35 million to address the high school dropout rate.
“While the government has set a goal of an 80 percent success rate by 2020, we are proud to say that we have already reached the 88 percent rate,” said Ms. Mancini. “That is number one in the province among public school boards.”
Michael J. Cohen