Francophone education councils seek more power under Charter of Rights and Freedoms

The province's Francophone district education councils are are looking for more power to decide on things like the location and naming of new schools in their districts without approval from the education minister.

The councils are calling on the province to adopt new laws giving them full power to manage their districts under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

Green Party Leader David Coon is looking to decentralize decision-making with the education system, while Tory Leader Blain Higgs says the councils should have the power to govern their districts provided they operate within a financial framework.

Education Minister and Bathurst-West-Beresford MLA Brian Kenny offered no comment following a meeting with the councils on Friday, March 17th.

His office issued only a brief statement emphasizing his "positive working relationship" with the education councils.


(with files from the Acadie-Nouvelle)