Walk-In For Education comes to local schools

Both school board buildings in Windsor-Essex. Greater Essex County District School Board and Windsor Essex Catholic District School Board. (Photos by Mike Vlasveld)

Parents, school staff, and students at eight Windsor-Essex schools may take part in a unique demonstration Thursday against Ontario government funding cuts to education.

It’s called the Walk-In For Education and schools across the province are registered to take part.

There could be rallies or pickets in front of schools starting 30 minutes before the bell, and again after class.

From the Greater Essex County District School Board, Bellewood Public School, Herman Academy Elementary School, and Westview Freedom Academy in the City of Windsor. In the county, Centennial Central Public School, Queen Elizabeth in Leamington, and Gore Hill Public School are registered to participate.

With the Windsor Essex Catholic District School Board, two schools are registered, St. John Vianney Catholic Elementary, and St. Joseph’s High School.

As of Thursday morning, Stephen Fields with the Catholic school board said none of the schools registered had taken part in the demonstrations, while at the public board, spokesman Scott Scantlebury had not heard of any walk-ins.

On Sunday night, the Canadian Union of Public Employees, which represents educational support staff, and the provincial government reached a tentative deal averting a strike.

Collective bargaining between the province and teachers unions continues.