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Educators, advocacy groups raise alarm about Ontario’s online learning plan

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Ontario education unions, advocacy groups and parents are raising concerns about a government plan to offer an online learning option for the next school year.

The groups say they are worried the government is considering establishing a permanent online learning stream.

They argue that change would divert funds from in-person learning and weaken the public education system.

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Education Minister Stephen Lecce announced yesterday that online learning would be offered during the next school year amid continued uncertainty about the COVID-19 pandemic.

He also said the province has committed to “consulting” on providing an online option going forward.

Annie Kidder with advocacy group People for Education says a permanent change to the education system shouldn’t be made during a crisis.

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