Doug Ford dismisses school budget forecast as a 'scare tactic' - 2019-05-14
Premier Doug Ford is calling the Toronto District School Board's warning of a $67.8 million budget shortfall a "scare tactic" and a political stunt as a war of words escalates over provincial education cuts. "The numbers that the TDSB put out are absolutely reckless," the premier said Tuesday, a day after the board revealed its cash crunch is $13 million worse than expected and could result in cuts to guidance counsellors, learning and reading coaches, custodians and busing of French immersion students, among other services.
"The numbers that the TDSB put out are absolutely reckless," Premier Doug Ford said Tuesday, a day after the Toronto District School Board revealed its cash crunch is $13 million worse than expected. ( Chris Young / THE CANADIAN PRESS file photo )
"Political stunts like this only serve to cause anxiety with parents and with students," Ford added, describing school boards as "out of control." Board director John Malloy detailed the numbers at a special meeting, saying staff learned late Friday from the Ministry of Education that provincial cuts to the TDSB will total $42.1 million when officials had expected a $28.7 million cut. Malloy said Tuesday the board has its figures are accurate.