OPSBA Welcomes Appointment of Laurel Broten as Minister of Education

Toronto, October 20, 2011 - The Ontario Public School Boards' Association (OPSBA) congratulates Laurel Broten on her appointment as Minister of Education and is committed to working with her to solidify the many positive education initiatives that position Ontario as a leader for the twenty-first century.

"We are pleased that by naming senior cabinet member Laurel Broten to the education portfolio, Premier Dalton McGuinty continues to put the success and well-being of children and youth at the core of his government's mandate," said Catherine Fife, president of the Ontario Public School Boards' Association.

We look forward to working with Minister Broten and the government to further strengthen a system that can give Ontario's children an education that is the envy of the world. Together, we will focus on developing a strong publicly funded education system, open to all and governed by democratically elected local school boards.

In the complex environment of educational policy development, finance and instruction, each educational partner plays a unique and crucial role. Achieving optimum learning situations for our students means that each partner respect the expertise of the other. We look forward to developing a true partnership with Minister Broten in an era of renewed cooperation, collaboration and respect.

The Ontario Public School Boards' Association advocates on behalf of the best interests and needs of the public school system in Ontario. OPSBA believes that the role of public education is to provide universally accessible education opportunities for all students regardless of their ethnic, racial or cultural backgrounds, social or economic status, individual exceptionality, or religious preference.

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For more information contact:

Jeff Sprang
OPSBA Communications
416-340-2540

10/20/2011