Lagacé Dowson joins race

By Joel Ceausu

Montreal broadcaster Anne Lagacé Dowson has announced her candidacy for chair of the English Montreal School Board.

Lagacé Dowson made the announcement at the shuttered Nazareth school in Mile-End Monday, presenting a platform that includes improved French instruction, cutting expenses, addressing declining enrolment, championing special needs programs and a moratorium on school closures.

“This school (Nazareth) is evidence of the emptiness of the current school regime, and years of gridlock. Instead of working with parents to change this school from a core English school to an immersion school, they locked the doors to balance their books. This is only one of many schools that have been closed leaving students bereft forced to move or take long bus rides.”

Lagacé Dowson said that she is committed to public education and the EMSB is “a community enterprise. It should reflect the needs and aspirations of the parents who pay the taxes that support it.”

She is one of two candidates for chairperson and will announce her running mates over the next week.

Angela Mancini is the other declared candidate for the position.

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