The Ministry of Education is revising the Pupil Accommodation Review Guidelines (PARG) that governs the local school board process to consider school closures.

There are a number of significant proposed changes including:

  • a new role for municipal governments in the Accommodation Review Committee (ARC) process;
  • a shift away from consideration of the impact of school closures to community well-being and the local economy toward a more exclusive focus on student achievement;
  • reduction in the duration and number of public meetings required for the Accommodation Review Committee (ARC) process; and,
  • provisions to consider school closings without an ARC.
The Ministry will accept feedback up until December 18th, 2014.  The new guidelines will be released in January 2015.

AMO is analyzing the proposed changes and will submit feedback on behalf of the municipal sector to the Minister of Education, the Honourable Liz Sandals, about the revised guidelines.  To provide your input, please email Michael Jacek at AMO by Tuesday, December 16, 2014.

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