Fewer school divisions, cuts to administration may be part of Manitoba school reform

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WINNIPEG — The Manitoba government says it will reveal its long-awaited plans to reform kindergarten to Grade 12 education on Monday.

The Progressive Conservative government has repeatedly hinted that changes could include a sharp reduction in the number of school divisions.

Nor has the government ruled out doing away with elected school boards and replacing them with appointed advisory councils.

The government's lead consultant on the review, Avis Glaze, recommended that change in an earlier review for the Nova Scotia government, which followed through on the advice.

Education Minister Cliff Cullen isn't commenting on specifics today and says details will come Monday.

The review began in 2019 and was supposed to be made public last year, but was pushed back because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published March 12, 2021

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