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Government must revamp its school rules

Jim Brown

Anglophones and immigrants won a partial victory Thursday in their latest court battle for access to English schooling in Quebec. But eight francophone families, who wanted to ensure their children become bilingual by sending them to school in English, were rebuffed by the Supreme Court of Canada.

In a series of 7-0 judgments, the top court ruled that the Quebec government must revamp some of its school admission rules to comply with the federal Charter of Rights. The judges stopped short of striking down any portions of the provincial language law, commonly known as Bill 101.

But they laid down new legal criteria that will make it easier for immigrants, and native-born Canadians who move to Quebec from other provinces, to gain access to English schools.

Read the original article at: The National Post

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