Judge approves Quebec school boards' $153 million payout to parents

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If you're the parent of a child who has attended a public elementary or high school within the past decade you could be eligible for part of a recent settlement in a multi-million dollar class-action lawsuit.

The suit was brought against 68 school boards in Quebec in September 2016 by Daisye Marcil on behalf parents who had to pay for supplies and illegal school fees.

The mother of two and her lawyers said the school boards were violating the Education Act that says that elementary and high school must be free.

In May the boards agreed to reimburse parents more than $153 million. That deal was ratified by Quebec Superior Court this week.

Once all the legal fees are paid, the total will work out to about $24.30 per child, per year, from the 2009-2010 (2010-2011 in some boards) to 2016-2017 school years, for a total of $194 per child.

There is no need to register for the refund; school boards will send checks to parents starting in the spring of 2019.


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