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Severance payload

Severance payload

Dear Etobicoke Centre Residents, “I am writing to update you on the school yard severance issue and the proposed cuts to itinerant music instruction at the TDSB. School Yard Severance “As you may have seen in the media in November 2012, the TDSB is considering severing portions of school yards and selling them to raise funds to pay for new schools, additions and major renovations. The ... »

Schools “efficient” and convenient community hubs

Schools “efficient” and convenient community hubs

In the unlikely event that Crombie were ever to settle on just one cause, it might well be “community hubs” — using a single property to house the local school, daycare, swimming pool, community centre, health centre and library, as well as other city services. Places like Seattle have embraced that approach; Toronto, not so much, where instead various institutions tend to occupy their very own sl... »

Globe goes after TDSB’s labour costs

Globe goes after TDSB’s labour costs

 (photo credit: Peter Power/The Globe and Mail 2013.04.10) Toronto Interactive See which Toronto schools have ballooning labour costs Stuart A. Thompson and Kate Hammer                   The Globe and Mail   Wednesday, Apr. 10 2013, 1:05 PM EDT The Toronto District School Board is the largest school board in the country with an annual budget of about $3-billion. While the TDSB employs salaried cus... »

Province “too cheap”

Province “too cheap”

thestar.com Phil Allt  COMMENT   Published on Sun Mar 24 2013 The resumption of extracurricular activities in Ontario preoccupies many armchair critics of public education. Yet no one, not even those who can speak with some authority, is really confronting the issue. Outgoing Ontario Secondary School Teacher president Ken Coran correctly asserts that only 20 per cent of high school teachers will r... »

This sad week at the School Board

This sad week at the School Board

The shocking news about Trustee Atkinson reached CPE Saturday evening.  On Sunday the Globe and Mail reported that “Irene Atkinson, a blunt advocate for educational causes, was feted at a [Campaign for Public Education] party last December [11th]. It was the 40th anniversary of her first being elected as a Toronto District School Board trustee, a job she still holds today. “But now, Ms... »

Pop up clubs for life-long learning begs the  question: When do we RE-FUND education in the public interest?

Pop up clubs for life-long learning begs the question: When do we RE-FUND education in the public interest?

 * Toronto’s four  publicly funded school boards would be wise to re-examine the importance of their remaining facilities for hands-on “shop” and technical training,  if  recent research by Denise Balkissoon is to be believed.   This past weekend’s Globe & Mail reports that Toronto, already awash in pop-up shops (to the delight of consumers intent on retail therapy), is... »

Schooling for Life  – Dr Dale E Shuttleworth

Schooling for Life – Dr Dale E Shuttleworth

During the first decade of the twenty-first century, schools and communities find themselves struggling with concerns of youth violence, child poverty, and race relations in an economy mired in recession. in Schooling for Life, esteemed community educator Dale e. shuttleworth brings his rich experiences as a teacher, principal, school superintendant, policy writer, community development worker, so... »

Save our Community

Save our Community

  Chatsworth Drive is lined with lawn signs as are streets throughout the John Wanless Public School area. Check out the soswanless.com website  This community is up and ready to take on several levels of government to protect their community during what’s likely to be a tough fight ahead with boundary changes on the horizon.  Much may be learned from these parents and neighbourhood res... »

$27m in staff cuts on the table tonight

$27m in staff cuts on the table tonight

Those not in the house (5050 Yonge St) might like to follow the recast motion via live streaming;  just click here:  tdsb.on.ca Now 3 hours from where they started at 7:30pm, the school board trustees recessed until 10:30pm They will be back then to the point of the agenda where the agenda item started as the board considers  $27 million of STAFF-recommended cuts, rushed and very minor community c... »

Hudak’s trial balloon

Hudak’s trial balloon

Ontario PC leader, Tim Hudak, last month floated a trial balloon on public education, his party’s “white paper” entitled PREPARING STUDENTS FOR THE CHALLENGES OF THE TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY.   Here is the paper’s conclusion.     Please comment on it below. It’s time to move our schools to the next level, to give our children the skills they need to succeed in the twenty-first ... »

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