An official appeal is going to be filed on Friday as the provincial government looks to step into the fight between the Catholic and Public school system.
The announcement comes after weeks of wondering what will happen after a Court of Queen's Bench ruling that will prevent the government from funding non-Catholic students from attending catholic schools.
“After a thorough review of the decision, we will be filing a notice of appeal to the Saskatchewan Court of Appeal,” Justice Minister and Attorney General Gordon Wyant said in a media release. “In doing so, I hope we get further clarification on this matter that is vitally important for Saskatchewan families.”
The ruling is in a decade long battle launched by the Good Spirit Public School Division who argued the near by Christ the Teacher Catholic School Division was taking in students that should have been going to their facility.
The government already announced they would used the notwithstanding clause to block the decision but it's only good for five years. Appealing the decision and getting the ruling overturned, would be a permanent solution.
“We wanted to give students and their families the certainty that their ability to choose which school they attend will not be impacted by this decision,” Deputy Premier and Minister of Education Don Morgan said. “Use of the notwithstanding cause will give parents that certainty, without having to worry about the outcome of an appeal.”
If allowed to stand, the ruling would affect approximately 10,000 students who would no longer be funded to attend Catholic schools.