The brief also stresses the need for collective reflection on the whys and wherefores of free education, so that everyone ask themselves the question: what school do we want in Québec? Collaboration is necessary to implement preschool for four-year-olds At the start of its term the government insisted on making good on its promise to implement universally accessible preschool for four-year-olds. The FCSQ and its members emphasized the need for collaboration between the ministry and the network. Bill 5, An Act to amend the Education Act and other provisions regarding preschool education services for students 4 years of age, was tabled on February 14, 2019. The government announced 250 classes for September 2019. School boards insisted on much- needed reflection on manpower and essential spaces to implement preschool for four- year-olds throughout Québec. School taxes: full compensation demanded The government of Québec followed through on its intention to reduce school taxes to a single rate by tabling Bill 3, An Act to establish a single school tax rate, in December 2018. The Fédération actively participated in the special consultations surrounding this bill. The resulting brief contains 20 recommendations, emphasizing the need for school boards to obtain a guarantee of financial compensation to offset the reduction in school taxes. Conservatively evaluated at 900 million dollars, this tax reduction is in addition to the approximately 670-million-dollar contribution generated by the recent reform of the taxation system, representing a shortfall of 1.5 billion dollars. The brief also points out that the tax reduction benefits property owners without any guarantee of reducing tenants’ burden, where applicable. Large companies and owners of non-residential buildings in Québec will also benefit. School boards also demanded compensation for the loss of interest revenues and emphasized the importance of collecting amounts arising from new constructions.