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Education funding still dangerously inadequate

While the Ministry of Education has offered stabilized funding in the face of declining enrollment for 2015-2016, the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO) is concerned that longstanding structural funding issues are continuing to have a negative effect, in particular on students with special needs and the implementation of full-day Kindergarten. “While Ontario has embraced an integrat... »

“More delays for community hubs as Liberals force school closures”

“More delays for community hubs as Liberals force school closures”

The latest Government panel appointment “announcement won’t distract from the Liberals’ sorry record of failing to support community hubs – and won’t stop half-a-billion dollars in planned cuts to classrooms” states MPP Lisa Gretzky, the NDP’s new Education Critic. “As usual, the Liberals are saying one thing but doing the exact opposite. That’s why the new special advisor needs ... »

Low-enrolment schools=more than #s

Low-enrolment schools=more than #s

The Toronto public school board is quietly shutting down Eastern Commerce and Nelson Boylen, the two most under-enrolled schools in the city even though neither has been part of a required area review.  Not small schools — more like big families.  While they have the lowest enrolment of all high schools in Toronto, students and staff say there’s much more to Eastern Commerce and Nelson A. Boylen t... »

Who voted to cut?

Who voted to cut?

Eight Trustees opposed the cut of 23.5 special education support staff positions this fall.  In a motion passed by TDSB March 11, 2015 all staffing cuts were passed as proposed except item (g).  Initially the proposed cut of 33.5 Special Education Support Staff positions was rejected by 12 Trustees (Sheila Ward, Manna Wong, Tiffany Ford, Howard Kaplan, Jennifer Arp, Ausma Malik, Chris Tonks, Jenni... »

Cuts no solution; Address chronic underfunding!

Cuts no solution; Address chronic underfunding!

The proposal to cut 98 Special Education and English as a Second language Teachers before the TDSB Trustees Wed March 11, 2015 is a mistake and will prove to be a serious disservice to some of the most disadvantaged and vulnerable students in the city. Taking away 98 more adults from our schools puts pressure on a system that is already stretched to the limit by years of cuts to programs, support ... »

The Great School Rip Off

The Great School Rip Off Ontario has stepped up the pressure on the Toronto District School Board to close and sell more schools.   In the ninth of thirteen directives handed down by the Ministry on January 15th 2015, the province flexed its majority muscle, ordering the TDSB to submit a 3 year capital plan, prepare a list of schools for the chop and get on with it.  Further, the province will lik... »

Stop blaming the TDSB

Stop blaming the TDSB

Dear Premier Wynne, Minister Sandals, Deputy Minister Zegarac:  In your government’s February 4, 2015 response to Fix Our Schools, you tell us to discuss our concerns over safe, well maintained schools with our Trustees, since they are the ones “who are elected by and accountable to the community that they serve”. In fact, you tell us four times in a  1-page letter that the TDSB Trustees are the o... »

The schools under review

The schools under review

 1) Conduct the following Pupil Accommodation Review Committees (ARCs) over the next three years.   Cluster reviews in 2014-15 involving:  Nelson Boylen CI, Downsview SS and Weston CI;  Sir Robert Borden BTI, West Hill CI and Sir Wilfrid Laurier CI;  Danforth Collegiate and Technical Institute, East York Alternative Secondary School, East York CI, Eastdale CI, Eastern Commerce CI, Greenwood Sec... »

TDSB motion passes

Motion passed by TDSB Trustees Feb 10, 2015 1) That the Board approve the full package in response to the Ministry’s Directive #9; 2) That the Board approve the entire 10 year Long-Term Program and Accommodation Strategy 2014-2023 as a public document (Appendix A1) (approved on 4 February 2015); 3) That community consultation be pursued to address the 4 disposition of sites identified in the Board... »

Pause School Closures

Pause School Closures

 City Councillors and TDSB Trustees stand together to insist that Province puts a pause on school closures in mid-day press conference at Toronto City Hall today. »

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