The Supreme Court of Canada decided to not hear the Good Spirit (Public) School Division’s appeal in the Theodore case.
The decision aligns with the Saskatchewan Court of Appeal’s unanimous decision to overturn the 2017 ruling aimed at limiting public funding for students who choose to attend a Catholic school in the province without a Catholic baptismal certificate.
The Saskatchewan Catholic School Boards Association says they are both relieved and reassured by the decision and believe it should be considered a victory for both religious and parental rights and freedoms.
“Even though the Government of Saskatchewan assured us they would do whatever is necessary to protect your choice for your child’s education, said the Association in a statement. “This decision confirms what we have said and believed all along, parents know what is best for their children and they should be able to choose Catholic, faith-based education if that is what they want, no matter their reasons, faith backgrounds, or traditions.”
They say they are thankful for the trust placed in them by parents and guardians to educate their children.
“In spits of this period of uncertainty, they have made their choice and we are humbled and honoured that so many continue to choose Catholic education for their families,” said the Association.
They add they are happy that they can refocus their energy and resources on students and families in their schools.