Nova Scotia gets rid of school boards

It's not meeting with much enthusiasm, but the Nova Scotia provincial government has passed a bill that does away with local boards of education.

The new education reform legislation replaces seven school boards with a 15 member provincial advisory council.

Local school advisory councils and board administration will remain.

In another unpopular move, the province's prinicipals and vice principals will form a new association affiliated with the teacher's union.

Premier Stephen McNeil argues the changes will give communities a stronger voice as well as direct access to the minister of education.