The Ministry of Education is holding consultations as part of its development of a rural education strategy. The consultation is being guided by a discussion paper, which outlines a series of key questions, including:
- What are the opportunities for school boards to share space in your area? How can the provincial government and school boards support that?
- How can we ensure that the impact of schools on local communities is given full consideration?
- How can we best recognize the unique funding needs of rural and remote areas?
According to the Ministry about 15% of students in Ontario are enrolled in a rural public school. The government is accepting written feedback, holding in-person consultations, and planning to launch a survey.