A special school for low-income students planned by the Niagara (Canada) school district amounts to “educational apartheid,” charges Peter Kormos, who serves in Ontario’s parliament. Education Minister Leona Dombrowsky worries about “stigmatization.”
The school board plans to open a middle school in the fall for low-income students whose parents aren’t college educated; eventually the school will go up to 12th grade. From the Toronto Star:
The school would spend extra time with students on developing learning skills and building self-confidence during an extended day aimed at giving children support they might not get at home if parents are working extra jobs, (school board vice chair Dale) Robinson added.
The district worked with a nearby university, the local YMCA and the elementary teachers’ union to develop the school.
I wonder what the district plans for high-achieving students from poor families or low achievers with middle-class parents?