Decision overturned in funding appeal for non-Catholic students in Saskatchewan

Judges have ruled unanimously in favour of the Saskatchewan government in its appeal of a decision to no longer fund non-Catholic students who attend Catholic schools in the province.

The ruling from the Saskatchewan Court of Appeal was released on Wednesday.

Good Spirit School Division versus Christ the Teacher Catholic Separate School Division and the province put forth their case to a five-judge panel in March 2019.

The dispute started in 2003 when the Yorkdale School Division, now Good Spirit School Division, closed its kindergarten-to-Grade 8 school in the town of Theodore because of declining enrolment. The division planned to bus its 42 students to a nearby community.

Community members created their own Catholic school division and opened St. Theodore Roman Catholic School.

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