10/02/2013 12:11 EDT | Updated 12/02/2013 05:12 EST

Quebec school boards say budget cuts could hurt students

Quebec school board officials say services to students will have to be cut if the government prohibits a tax increase for some property owners.

On Tuesday, representatives of the school boards met with Premier Pauline Marois to discuss provincial budget cuts which led some boards to raise school taxes, a move which is affecting almost every school board off the island of Montreal.

The province announced last year that most school boards would have to slash their budgets by 200-million dollars.

Many school boards tried to compensate by raising taxes by 10 to 20 per cent, but Minister of Education Marie Malavoy said that’s unacceptable.

She’s asking school boards to lower their taxes by 100-million dollars over the next two years.

Malavoy said the government will work with the school boards to find other solutions.

David D'Aoust, president of the Quebec English School Boards Association, said if the money can't be found somewhere else, students will suffer.

"We taxed because we had no other choice," he said. 

"The premier is already in election mode. She has already started her campaign, and it's on the school boards ... on the backs of our students," D'Aoust told CBC's Daybreak.