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Weigh in on governance debate here:

Weigh in on governance debate here:

Errol Young, photographer, former school trustee, community activist and online education commentator  He represents community interests in the ongoing battles to keep public education public at a monthly assembly of groups and organizations which, for over a decade has run joint campaigns under the title of the  CAMPAIGN FOR PUBLIC EDUCATION. CPE's own 10 Point Program insists that parents, stude... »

Globe disses TDSB

Globe disses TDSB

The TDSB is “dysfunctional” and in the midst of a “governance crisis”.  So says Canada’s generally centre-right but influential Globe & Mail.  The paper calls for major change at the country’s largest school board.   CREDIT BELOW “Toronto in early 2013 finds itself facing a double crisis of governance. The first, of course, is at City Hall, where the m... »

“sour” trustees?

“sour” trustees?

It has been a thoroughly rotten week for the Toronto District School Board. Its much-admired education director, Chris Spence, has been caught plagiarizing. Its fiscal management is under scrutiny from the provincial government, which sent in consultants this week to help fix things. And, oh, its elementary-school teachers, like their colleagues around the province, are planning to walk off the jo... »

Where’s Dalton?

Where’s Dalton?

Jan. 04 2013,  11:20 AM EST  Dalton McGuinty has been Premier of Ontario for long enough, has put his family through enough sacrifice, that it’s normally hard to begrudge him a day off.  But on this day, it just didn’t feel right. You just have to take ownership of some decisions, right or wrong. And one that could lead simultaneously to ongoing chaos in the province’s schools, a protracted legal ... »

TDSB officials denounce Broten

  10:45pm Jan. 04 2013,  The same day Ontario Education Minister Laurel Broten was preaching restraint as she imposed a tough new deal on teachers, she quietly renewed a contract with a maintenance workers’ union that billed a Toronto school $143 to install a pencil sharpener. Toronto District School Board officials denounced Ms. Broten’s unilateral decision to extend the board’s contract wit... »

Repeal Bill 115 THIS Friday

Repeal Bill 115 THIS Friday

This Friday at 4pm targeting Education Minister Laurel Broten’s Constituency Office 701 Evans Avenue Etobicoke.  Parents, teachers, 44oo education workers, students and community from across the city have been taking action at Friday after-school rallies since September. The weekly actions at the constituency offices of Liberal Cabinet Ministers and MPPs is to protect and enhance public educ... »

ESSENTIAL UPGRADE FOR EDUCATION IN TORONTO

ESSENTIAL UPGRADE FOR EDUCATION IN TORONTO

GIVE ALL OUR STUDENTS WHAT THEY NEED TO SUCCEED Following the 1998 amalgamation of school boards, Trustees lost the ability to determine local needs and to tax in order to fund them. Prior to that year Toronto’s seven school boards did NOT have constant year over year financial crises. However, when the province took over complete control of funding, the serious and serial problems began.  Right n... »

Bolton & Chen re-elected

Bolton & Chen re-elected

News from Monday's Board Organizational Meeting. Chris Bolton, Trustee for Ward 10, was acclaimed by Trustees as the Chair of the Toronto District School Board during the annual Organizational Board meeting this evening. Shaun Chen, Trustee for Ward 21, was re-elected to the position of Vice Chair. A former Toronto school board teacher and principal, Chris Bolton brings nearly 40 years of experien... »

Many 100s teachers rally at board & give TDSB an F

Many 100s teachers rally at board & give TDSB an F

On Monday afternoon, Dec 3, 2012    several 100s of elementary teachers, parents and community allies gathered at 5050 Yonge St in Toronto and gave the TDSB an F for its handling of Bill 115 and Progress Reports. [more photos]  Andy Lomnicki, VP of ETT noted that:  “For the past few weeks, the TDSB’s handling of Bill 115 and fall Progress Reports has done nothing but inflame tensions b... »

small schools best -researchers

small schools best -researchers

For years, empirical studies have shown that urban centres like Toronto require small schools!  A recent review examined 57 post-1990 empirical studies of school size effects on a variety of student and organizational outcomes. The weight of evidence provided by this research clearly favors smaller schools.     ‘Students who traditionally struggle at school and students from disadvantaged so... »

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