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These schools aren’t under capacity

These schools aren’t under capacity

Is a school half full or half empty?   That depends on how you measure.   As the Toronto District School Board scrambles to name schools that are less than two-thirds full by Queen’s Park’s counting method, many are asking how good that provincial yardstick is. Education Minister Liz Sandals has given the TDSB just weeks to spell out plans for closing schools over the next three years that are und... »

Trustees speak out against Minister’s directives

TDSB trustees are challenging key aspects of the Minister of education directives. “Trustee Chris Tonks said agreeing to give up their assistants is “asinine. We’re eating ourselves alive here. I’m feeling my blood boil. I rely heavily on my constituency assistant and I don’t know how we’re going to do this.  I feel like we’re being hit over the head with a hammer when we should have had pun... »

130 Schools in Danger

TDSB staff published a list Jan 28th of 130 schools (many in active use as daycares and adult education centres) which are deemed underutilized when measured by the extremely limited Ontario Government measure of K-12 students in regular programs. The list represents more than 1/4 of all board schools across Toronto. Utilization rate (2014) School Name Number of students (2014) Elementary/Secondar... »

The false economy of selling off our school property

The false economy of selling off our school property

School sales activist, Janet Bojti, addressed TDSB Monday on behalf of CPE.  “I’m a retired school board worker.  I taught ESL to adult students at the former Toronto Board of Education and the TDSB.   I am a member of the Campaign for Public Education.  I have followed school closings, land severance and the sale of Board property since 2008.  Tonight I want to address two issues: first the... »

Seriously flawed funding formula

Seriously flawed funding formula

 The Urban Alliance on Race Relations decries “the relentless pressure to close schools and sell school properties”  Sharon Simpson (seen with former Toronto school trustee, Tam Goossen) addressed Monday’s TDSB meeting. The Urban Alliance on Race Relations (UARR) was established in 1975 to educate and advocate on issues of anti-racism and other forms of discrimination. The mandat... »

“Wash your hands” of these recommendations

“The province may want to clip their wings, but the public doesn’t appear to agree” [Star writer, Kristin Rushowy reports]. “At a marathon consultation meeting Monday night with 42 delegates, Toronto District School Board trustees — lambasted in a recent government report — heard from union leaders, parents and community groups who said they want and need the elected officials to... »

Joint Response from OSSTF District 12, CUPE 4400 and Elementary Teachers of Toronto

Joint Response from OSSTF District 12, CUPE 4400 and Elementary Teachers of Toronto

The recent Review of the TDSB by Margaret Wilson and the consequent directions from Education Minister Liz Sandals are troubling to say the least. There is no doubt that the intervention by the Ontario Government  into the affairs of the TDSB is as much about closing schools and reducing the democratic role of Trustees, as it is about fixing the dysfunctional relationships  between Trustees and se... »

WHY MINISTER’S “SOLUTIONS” CANNOT SOLVE THE PROBLEMS

A statement from the TORONTO EDUCATION WORKERS:  Reading through the Report on the TDSB, produced by Margaret Wilson and the January 15th, 2015 “13 Points” response letter from the Minister of Education Liz Sandals, a number of serious issues crystalized.  The first is that decades of democratic control of our public education system has been spiked in the heart with no consultation whatsoever wit... »

Public to speak to TDSB on Minister’s directives

The trustees of the TDSB will hold a public consultation meeting Monday January 26th from 4:30 – 9pm at 5050 Yonge St on the Minister of Education’s directives arising from the Wilson Review of the Toronto District School Board. All CPE groups encouraged to attend.  Submissions to the board in writing are also encouraged. »

behind closed doors

At it’s Jan 19th meeting, the TDSB board set up dates to deal with the Minister’s directives (a public consultation on Jan 26th, a board meeting on Feb 4th to consider plans to respond to the directives and finally on Wednesday Feb 10th a special board meeting to approve its plan to implement the Minister’s directives.) Trustees then decided to move behind closed doors to discuss... »

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