ΠΟΙΑ ΕΙΝΑΙ Η ΑΛΗΘΕΙΑ; ΑΝΑΔΗΜΟΣΙΕΥΣΗ (εφημερίδα GAZETTE)

Το άρθρο αυτό έχει δημοσιευτεί από το 2005. Είναι επίκαιρο γιατί όπως οι αναγνώστες θα διαβάσουν προβλέπεται η διακοπή της χρηματοδότησης του παραρτήματος SOCRATE IV, από το Σχολικό Συμβούλιο Marie-Victorin, από τον Ιούλιο 2007: «The Commission scolaire Marie Victorin voted last month to end a deal that it has with a Greek school in St. Hubert, effective June 30, 2007» γράφει το άρθρο.

Σε σχετική επερώτηση του Dr. Θεόδωρου Χαλάτση, αρχηγού της ΚΟΙΝΟΤΙΚΗΣ ΑΝΑΓΕΝΝΗΣΗΣ, σε πρόσφατη συνεδρίαση του Δ.Σ. (Νοέμβριος 2007), «Αν έχει διακοπεί η χρηματοδότηση για το ΣΩΚΡΑΤΗ στο South Shore», ο πρόεδρος κ. Γιάννης Θεοδοσόπουλος απάντησε «I did not hear such a rumor».

Άραγε μας κοροϊδεύει το Δ.Σ. του κ. Γ. Θεοδοσόπουλου ή έχει πάρει παράταση οπότε θα πρέπει να τον χειροκροτήσουμε;

Greek schools’ deal nears end

School boards drop full public funding. Many are perplexed about move’s rationale, head of Montreal’s Hellenic Community says

DEBBIE PARKES

The Gazette

Sunday, December 11, 2005

The axe is coming down on the special status for Greek elementary schools that grants them full public funding.

Two school boards voted last week to end their deals with the Greek community, though both boards are giving a grace period.

The Commission scolaire de Montreal will end its current arrangement – covering two Socrates school campuses – as of July 1, 2008. The Commission scolaire de Laval will end its deals – covering a Socrates school and Ecole Demosthene – at the end of June 2007.

Under the existing deals, the Greek schools have «associate status,» giving them the same $4,000-per-student funding as public-sector schools for French education. Parents and the Greek community pay for the English and Greek portions of classes.

Without the special status, the Greek schools would be entitled to only 60 per cent of funding – $2,400 per student.

«We are not closing the door on any possible alternative arrangement – except the status quo,» Commission scolaire de Montreal chairperson Diane De Courcy said in an interview last week.

«There are all kinds of possibilities – minimally, two,» she said.

They include having the board offer Greek-language classes on Saturdays or during school lunch hours, she said.

Another possibility would be to offer language instruction during regular classroom time, De Courcy said, adding that the board is open to similar projects with other ethnic communities as well.

The associate-status arrangement with the Greek community has existed since 1978.

«We’re perplexed,» said John Theodosopoulos, president of Montreal’s Hellenic Community. «We really have no idea what the rationale of the school boards is. Normally, when something is working beautifully you don’t tinker with it.»

Some in the Greek community believe the school boards fear parents send their children to English high schools, when the boards favour French schools.

Laval parent Chris Dedes said the Greek schools were simply doing what former premier Lucien Bouchard urged Quebecers to do to be globally competitive: learn English and a third language. «We’ve been doing that for 30 years,» Dedes said.

The boards reconsidered maintaining the Greeks’ special status after a controversy in January that scuttled a similar deal offered to the Jewish community.

The Commission scolaire Marie Victorin voted last month to end a deal that it has with a Greek school in St. Hubert, effective June 30, 2007.

dparkes@thegazette.canwest.com (Roberto Rocha of the gazette contributed to this report)

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