The NDP says the Wall government has a hidden agenda with the new legislation covering education in Saskatchewan.
Opposition critic Carla Beck says the bill will give the province too much control over school boards.
Beck asked the Premier what the real reason for the amendments which would give the education ministry more control are, and what schools and divisions he would like to see closed.
But Premier Brad Wall says if the legislation had been in place earlier, the province could have halted a lawsuit which led to a court ruling requiring ten thousand non-Catholic students to change schools in the fall of 2018.
The Wall government is invoking the notwithstanding clause of the charter of rights to overturn the court ruling.
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In the meantime, the Saskatchewan School Boards Association wants the provincial government to meet with school boards and hold public consultations on rewriting the Education Act.
It says not all of its concerns have been addressed in Bill 63, which MLAs passed in the Legislature on Thursday.
President Dr. Shawn Davidson says they are still concerned with overriding power to the minister and the future of joint boards.
Davidson hopes Education Minister Don Morgan keeps his commitment to school boards to hold public consultations across the province.
Davidson says the current Education Act, which was crafted in 1995, is wordy and outdated in some areas, so he wants to conduct a full review of the Act.
(with files from CJWW)