Student walkout targets education changes

Thousands of students from dozens of schools across the region and the province made an impassioned plea to Ford Nation Thursday to end sweeping changes to education programs.The student protest, that Progressive Conservatives later dismissed as “a stunt” backed by teachers’ unions, was part of the #studentssayno movement.The government of Premier Doug Ford has come under fire for recent announcements impacting several facets of the province’s education system. Announced plans include increasing class sizes, making students take more online courses, eliminating free post-secondary tuition for low-income students and overhauling the autism program to introduce funding caps, although there is increased funding to school boards which expect to see greater enrolment from autistic students. In London, a peaceful but boisterous walk down city streets by H. B. Beal and London Central secondary schools saw hundreds of protesters effectively close Dufferin Street, disrupting traffic before police dispersed the crowd.

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