_News Talk 770
Hundreds of parents showed up at an open house hosted by the Calgary Board of Education at Western Canada High School Thursday evening.
Most in attendance said they're fed up with increasing school fees for essential services such as bussing kids to school. Some were unhappy that they had to subsidize other parents' decisions to send their kids to special programs at schools far from home, while those with kids enrolled in alternative programs, said their willing to pay for enhanced learning but not the bus ride to school. Gerrard Durrani from the Canadian Parents for French, said the public board needs to explain why they're trying to divide parents.
Media was barred from the open house, a spokesperson saying parents would be more comfortable speaking without the added pressure of news reporters.
This is one of five meetings the public board is holding with parents to discuss school fees.