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Optional attendance kills Vaughan Road Academy

Optional attendance kills Vaughan Road Academy

Race and class key to school’s demise. How odd it is to walk down these empty hallways. For the past 30 years, I’ve only visited them in dreams – and nightmares. Vaughan Road Academy, my old high school, is dying. In a month’s time it will be dead, the victim of declining enrolment (there are 200 students in a school that could hold five times that number.) Its demise can be attributed, depe... »

Trustees training

York Region trustees to undergo training in wake of scathing report York Region District School Board approves plan for trustees to get training in governance and equity issues. The York Region District School Board has approved a plan for extensive equity and governance training for trustees and senior staff to meet the deadlines for the first set of directives set out by the education ministry a... »

Keep our cherished local schools

On Tuesday March 7, 2017 I took the opportunity to watch the Ontario Legislative Special Debate and Vote, calling for an immediate moratorium on rural school closures, and an immediate review of the Pupil Accommodation Guideline. I did so with apprehension, as usually these exercises become akin to nothing more than a school yard brawl, complete with bullying, name calling and out and out misrepre... »

closing schools based on skewed utilization numbers

An internal Liberal government document obtained by the NDP shows the Kathleen Wynne government knows it’s closing schools based on skewed utilization numbers, party leader Andrea Horwath says. The concern is revealed in a ministerial briefing note the NDP obtained through access to information laws. In part, it reads: “Utilization does not typically recognize all programs/pupils currently u... »

Systemic Racism and Class Inequality a Reality in Hamilton School Closures

Systemic Racism and Class Inequality a Reality in Hamilton School Closures

Closing these schools and leaving a neighbourhood with a large immigrant population without any schools is an injustice that should be challenged.   by Yen Graham   Last year, I attended Louder Than a Bomb, a spoken-word event by high school students in Hamilton. In one performance, students at Sir John A. Macdonald (SJAM) spoke out against the perception that their school is dangerous becaus... »

community rallies to save schools

community rallies to save schools

In one rural Ontario community, an ice cream company has offered to scoop up a school to stop it from being shut down. Worried about the impact of the loss of the only elementary in Markdale, Chapman’s Ice Cream has a sweet deal: it will spend about $1 million to buy the building, and lease it back to the local board. “Simply put, for the first time in literally decades, we have people wanting to ... »

Stop closing schools

Stop closing schools

The calls to keep rural Ontario schools open made it to Queen’s Park on Monday. [province wide] groups, organized to represent their schools against closures, were among hundreds of people from across the province who were in Toronto, calling for a moratorium on school closures and for provincial pupil accommodation review guidelines to be rewritten. “It went very well,” Williams... »

Keep Vaughan Road Academy

Keep Vaughan Road Academy

  Community to ask TDSB to stop plans to close Vaughan Road Academy Public will weigh in on series of school reorganizations and possible closures causing anxiety for kids and parents Photo:    Sue Sneyd and her two boys Malcolm, 8, left, and Oscar, 10, are among those eager to keep Vaughan Road Academy open. Sneyd’s boys hope to attend the school, which is slated to close for good next... »

Vancouver suspends school closures

Vancouver suspends school closures

The Vancouver School Board is suspending the school-closure process indefinitely, after a number of staff took medical leaves, leaving the organization without the capacity to move forward. The district’s new superintendent, Steve Cardwell, made the recommendation to suspend the school-closure process at a board meeting Monday night. Cardwell, who was the district’s superintendent for five years b... »

The class divide

The TDSB has its “have” and “have not” schools. But compared with fundraising among its GTA counterparts, the Toronto board is a pauper. Its average of $118 per elementary student in school-generated funds was the lowest of the 10 English-language boards in the Greater Toronto Area, according to 2012-13 data obtained by the Star through a freedom of information request. The York Region Catholic bo... »

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