No solutions from meeting with Premier & school boards
Premier Pauline Marois and Education Minister Marie Malavoy met for hours with Quebec school board officials Monday morning but no decisions were made.
Reports said the Premier would force school boards to refund tax increases but the Premier and Education Minister said they would look at figures with the school boards and meet again in two weeks.
The Education Minister said tax refunds are not off the table and that school boards need to do a better job at cutting expenses.
“We think it’s too easy for them to blame it on the government,” Malavoy said. “We are going to work with them and compare numbers because we are sure they can do a better job and not count on tax payers to pick up the bill.”
But David D'Aoust President of the Quebec English School Board Association said this started with the government’s cuts and they've tried to do what they could.
“We tried to avoid tax increases and we just couldn’t do it," D'Aoust said. "There are figures that the government has that we didn’t have so we are ready to look at them for the benefit of our students but it’s not that easy."
School taxes went up over 30 % in some cases across the province this summer.
That was after the PQ government cut 65 million dollars to school board subsidies in February and 150 million dollars to the public education system last November.
Schools on the island of Montreal were less affected by tax hikes as they don't receive subsidies.
The Education Minister added that the whole school board system would be relooked at in the near future.