This petition calls on the Edmonton Public School Board to implement a moratorium on school closures, and to then initiate a multi-stakeholder process to develop acceptable solutions to its financial pressures.
We the undersigned call upon the Edmonton Public School Board to adopt a moratorium on further school closures.
Closures result in hardships faced by students and their families. They also hurt communities and property values, as residents with children face a strong incentive to move out of neighbourhoods without schools. Maintaining the buildings, without childrens' schooling, does not solve these problems.
We understand that the Board faces financial pressures; however, school closures are not an acceptable solution.
We call on the Board to adopt a moratorium immediately, and then to initiate a process that engages the municipal and provincial governments, and other stakeholders, to develop acceptable solutions.
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