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THUNDER BAY, ON  ---- September, 17,2011  --Local and district Trustees are playing an integral role in providing Ontario Public School Boards’ Associationan opportunity for voters to learn about the important education issues and education related party platforms in advance of the October 6 Provincial Election.  To help voters make an informed decision on election day, the Ontario Public School Boards’ Association (OPSBA) has declared September 20 as Education Day. In support of Education Day, the Lakehead District School Board and the Superior Greenstone District School Board are organizing a non-partisan Education Day Forum.  Candidates from the four major provincial parties have been invited to the Forum to share their party’s education platform and answer voter questions.

“With an election just around the corner, voters want to know how their tax dollars will be spent in their local public schools,” says Ron Oikonen, Chair of the Liaison Committee, Lakehead District School Board.” It is our hope that the Education Day Forum will generate the most grass-roots-based meaningful discussion on critically important education issues that we've had in decades.”

This event is an opportunity for the voting public to hear directly from the local candidates about:
• key issues that affect public education in Ontario
• where local candidates stand on questions that matter to their community

The Education Day Forum will be held at Superior Collegiate and Vocational Institute, 333 N. High Street, on Tuesday, September 20 from 6:30p.m. to 9:00 p.m.   

Throughout Ontario, Education Day Forums are being coordinated by regional public school Trustees and the Ontario Public School Boards’ Association. Education Day events are non-partisan and do not support or oppose any political party, candidate for elective office, or office holder. These events are organized and facilitated on the initiative of Trustees and Ontario Public School Boards' Association, and do not involve school officials or Board staff.

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