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Closures hurt disabled, say parents, MLAs

More than 50 children with disabilities will be displaced if Queen Alexandra and Carleton Elementary schools close, warned Vancouver NDP MLAs Jenny Kwan and Adrian Dix yesterday.

More than 50 children with disabilities will be displaced if Queen Alexandra and Carleton Elementary schools close, warned Vancouver NDP MLAs Jenny Kwan and Adrian Dix yesterday.

The pair gathered at Queen Alexandra with parents to protest the potential loss of 30 special-needs spots at Carleton and another 25 at Queen Alexandra.

Single mother Nicky Rayment said it took her a year to get a spot at Queen Alexandra Elementary for her autistic son Andrew.

Now, she said, the school’s looming closure would be “undoing all the work we’ve done in the last couple of years” to help her son.

On Oct. 4, the Vancouver School Board (VSB) announced a short-list of five Vancouver schools slated for potential closure by next June, due to a lack of funding.

Kwan called the funding cuts “penny wise and pound foolish,” saying they would save money up front, but cost too much in the long run, both financially and in the quality of life and education of children.

The VSB is holding a series of public feedback meetings on the school closures, including one at 7 p.m. today at Vancouver Technical Secondary. Visit vsb.bc.ca/school-closures for info.

 
 
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