The newly elected Chair of Hamilton’s Public School Board has a key priority mapped out.
Jessica Brennan is taking up the cause of special needs students and why her board gets well below the provincial average for funding for these students.
She says the city receives about 430 dollars a student, per year, and that is almost 200 dollars a student less than the provincial average.
Brennan says the underfunding is a constant source of frustration.
In some years, she says the board has had to borrow as much as 5-million dollars from other areas of the budget in order to cover its special education deficit.
Brennan wants to contact the Peel and Toronto school boards to see if Hamilton should join their protests of the province’s current funding model.