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A Nova Scotia ruling provides yet one more reason to oppose P3 schools. Earlier this week, an arbitrator allowed Scotia Learning, the private owner of 13 schools, a share of monies raised by the schools.

“This confirms our worst fears about these so-called public-private partnerships. They’re nothing but a cash grab for the private partners,” says CUPE Nova Scotia president Betty-Jean Sutherland.

“We argued that P3 schools would mean a loss of control and accountability for our publicly-funded school system. We couldn’t have imagined that the government would negotiate a contract that let Scotia Learning take a cut of chocolate bar fundraisers. It’s disgraceful.”

CUPE is concerned about the impact of this ruling on other P3 schools in Nova Scotia. While no new P3 schools are to be built in the province, there remain 39 schools that are owned and operated by the private sector.