Montreal families win English education battle

The parents of 10 Montreal children have scored a victory in their fight for access to an English-language education in the public school system.

An administrative tribunal ruled in favour of the nine families on Thursday.

The children had been in non-subsidized private schools and their parents wanted the right to transfer them to the public high school system.

Quebec’s Education Ministry denied the parents’ request for access in July. According to Bill 104, students in English-language private schools are not allowed to move into the public system.

Last fall, the Supreme Court ruled that Bill 104 law was unconstitutional. The Quebec government argued that since the ruling has not yet been applied, the students could not attend English schools.

The tribunal’s judge ruled the reason given by the province wasn’t good enough to deny the children their constitutional right.

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