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Ontario Education Minister Lays Out Priorities

Regional | by Fadi Didi  

Lisa Thompson says revisiting EQAO testing, sex education, rural school closures on to-do list.

Ontario's new Minister of Education is now assembling her team to "hit the ground running," when the legislature resumes work.

Huron-Bruce Progressive Conservative MPP Lisa Thompson was named to the Education portfolio last month, replacing former Minister Indira Naidoo-Harris.

The Ontario legislature is set to resume Wednesday under the new majority Tory government.

Just ahead of business resuming, Thompson says she is assembling a team who can work between her constituency office, and the Ministry of Education.

During the Premier's campaign, then-nominee Doug Ford made several promises of the future Education Ministry.

Among them were revisiting EQAO testing, revisiting changes to the sex education curriculum made by the former Liberal government, and stopping further closures of rural schools.

Thompson says her team will be constructing a list of priorities based on 30, 60, and 90 days, to create a stronger timeline for change at the Ministry of Education.

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