We vigourously advocate that the necessary resources be allocated from our public taxes in order to meet the needs of all Toronto students and adult learners and particularly those of marginalized and racialized communities. CPE recognizes that these communities face systemic barries to participation in our city and are unacceptably under represented when decisions about education are made.
Affiliates of the Campaign for Public Education work together to rebuild our communities by campaigning aggressively to renew and refund public education in Toronto.
The Campaign for Public Education (CPE) is committed to improving and defending our public education system. This commitment is based on the CPE’s recognition of the role of public education
- in fostering the personal growth and fulfilment of individuals,
- in overcoming oppression of all forms,
- in building democratic engagement and
- in supporting positive social change.
The CPE recognizes the need for community-based, safe and healthy schools at the heart of our neighbourhoods providing education, recreation and other services.
CPE members are parents, students, education workers, teachers, school trustees, city councillors and other public education advocates. The CPE is committed to ensuring that our public education system has all the necessary resources to meet the needs of all Toronto students – from early childhood programs through to programs for older adult learners.
The CPE recognizes that marginalized and racialized communities face systemic barriers and are unacceptably under-represented where decisions about education are made. Ensuring that the public education system fully meets the needs of learners from these communities and supporting demands for access from these communities, are therefore priorities of the CPE.
After more that a decade of campaigning for public education, the CPE is redoubling its efforts to win a complete overhaul of the education funding so that we can truly give our learners what they need to succeed.
Who and What is CPE?
Who’s involved in the Campaign for Public Education
CPE was formed and is coordinated by:
· Members of school and community-based groups,
· Councillors and both Catholic and TDSB Trustees,
· Organizations representing ethno-racial community groups,
· Educators and education workers,
· Students, adult learners and parents associated with both boards.
How we campaign
· Our operational protocol is that of a coalition. Meaning that only where there is common interest and agreed upon action do we work jointly on an undertaking.
· We are guided by the Platform authored by our researchers in the run-up to the October 2007 provincial election (see elections/provincial )
What we’ve been up to
1. In October 2007 CPE registered with Elections Ontario to campaign in the Referendum on mixed proportional representation called MMP. This was our total involvement
2. Earlier in 2007 CPE affiliates updated and launched our 3-Year Planning cycle to Oct 2010 covering the key areas of our mandate.