It won’t be just students riding the school bus Monday, some parents from rural Ontario will be on the bus as well.
Rural parents won’t be riding to school however, they’ll be travelling to Queen’s Park to protest how the government funds schools in rural areas and small towns.
They’re protesting because a number of school boards have suggested that dozens of small town and rural schools be closed.
Parents say this is unacceptable because the school closures will result in kids spending hours a day riding a bus and will cost them opportunities to participate in extracurricular activities.
A letter demanding a new funding model for schools will be presented to the Minister of Education.
The provincial government has argued local school boards make the decision over whether a school will remain open or close.
However, People for Education, a charitable research organization says it’s not that black and white.
Executive director Annie Kidder says funding is determined on a per-student basis, which puts rural schools and communities at a disadvantage as they typically have smaller populations.
According to the Ontario Ministry of Education 2014-2015 Education Facts there were 2,003,237 students enrolled in 4,893 public schools in Ontario in the 2014-15 academic year, down from 2,070,736 students and 4,935 publicly-funded schools in the 2008-09 academic year.