MERGING SYSTEMS WOULD SAVE $1 BILLION PER YEAR: EXPERT


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Forget class sizes, the province could save $1 billion per year by merging the public and separate school systems, says education scholar Sachin Maharaj.

An education expert says the Ford government could save $1 billion a year by merging the public and separate school systems in the province.

“Given the dire need to address the deficit, the time is ripe to move toward one system,” says Sachin Maharaj, a Canada Graduate Scholar in educational policy at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education.

Maharaj makes the point that merging the two systems is supported by a majority of Ontarians.

He argues, in this opinion piece in the Toronto Star, that the government should think merger before it considers cuts to the classroom.