Walkouts held at Ontario schools

The Canadian Press

TORONTO–Students at hundreds of schools across Ontario walked out of class this afternoon to protest the provincial government’s cuts to education.
Organizers said they’re against several policies introduced by the Progressive Conservatives, including increasing class sizes and changes to the province’s autism program.
Some school boards in the province have written to the education minister with concerns that the planned increases to class sizes will mean they can offer fewer elective courses, such as in the arts and skilled trades.
Boards in Peel region, Toronto and eastern Ontario told Lisa Thompson that her move to increase average high school class sizes from 22 to 28 will affect student learning
Representatives at more than 800 schools from Kenora to Windsor had registered for today’s demonstration, which was set to kick off earliy this afternoon.
In a detailed “Walkout Organizer’s Guide” available online, the organizers of the #StudentsSayNo protest thank participants “for being the loud and bright fireworks amidst a dark and quiet sky.”
Editor’s note: Students walked out at Fort Frances High School at 12:15 p.m. and Rainy River High School at 1:15 p.m.

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