A new Education Ministry website designed to help parents compare public schools contains demographic information that is offensive in this context and must be removed, the opposition parties charged yesterday.
The government boasted when it launched its School Information Finder last Friday that the website “enhances openness and transparency” by bringing public information together in one easy-to-access place. However, the Conservatives and New Democrats said the site also allows parents who are so inclined to make sure their kids avoid going to schools in poor neighbourhoods or ones with large numbers of immigrants.
“It allows parents to say, ‘I don’t want my child going where income levels are below the norm or where there’s a certain racial makeup to an area,’” said interim Opposition Leader Bob Runciman.
• The School Information Finder website can be found at www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/sift