Montreal School Board Withholds Grants from Jewish Parents

Protests against the withholding from some Jewish parents of statutory grants available for children attending recognized independent high schools were lodged by the Canadian Jewish Congress here with Paul Gerin-Lajoire, Minister of Youth in Quebec, and the Protestant School Board of Greater Montreal.

According to the CJC, the Protestant School Board is disclaiming responsibility to parents of children living outside Montreal and Outremont, on the grounds that Jewish taxes in those areas are paid to a neutral school panel and not to the Protestant school panel.

Affected are parents in several suburbs, whose children attend either recognized independent Jewish high schools–Herzliah, Adath Israel, Rabbinical College and Beth Jacob–or independent Protestant high schools. Congress proposed “a practical handling of these cases” and asked for “the removal of the inequity.”

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