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The North Vancouver School District has responded to a Supreme Court of Canada ruled last week that it had discriminated against a student because of his dyslexia.
Rick Moore had complained to the BC Human Rights Tribunal that his son Jeff was denied adequate education when the district shut down a special learning centre. The matter went all the way to Ottawa, and the Supreme Court ruled last Friday in Moore’s favour.
The district has now response, and in a statement, reiterates the funding troubles it faced back in the 90s that led it to cut services – including a loss of revenue from local taxation and having to pay teacher salaries included in a new contract.
But the Supreme Court had ruled it wasn’t about funding, but about the allocation of funding.
It said the district didn't consider cutting other programs, such as outdoor education, that wouldn't have affected human rights in order to save the special learning centre.