English parents group concerned about rights

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The English Parents' Committee Association is concerned that the Quebec government will follow the recommendation of the Conseil Supérieur de la langue française and invoke the notwithstanding clause that will again restrain accessibility to our English schools.

EPCA and it's member Parents' Committees have passed resolutions asking the government to respect the historic rights of the English community and its contribution to Quebec society, to respect the Supreme Court decision that invalidated Bill 104 thus allowing all students who arrive from non-subsidied private schools to attend our schools.

In the last 25 years, the number of students who have received an English education has dropped by 20 percent and the parents have a right to be concerned for the permanence of our schools and the quality of education that will be provided. The schools are the heart and lungs of the English community and, without them, Quebec will lose an important part of their identity and what makes us special, according to a statement issued this week by EPCA.

EPCA is asking all members of the National Assembly to make a decision that will respect the linguistic minority and will help the English community and its schools stay alive. We also encourage the government to consult the stakeholders from the English-speaking Community before making a damaging decision.

The English Parents' Committee Association is a non-profit organisation that represents the parents of more than seventy thousand students who frequent English public schools.