Save Our Schools

Campaign  SAVE OUR SCHOOLS

CPE is part of a community based, parent-driven advocacy movement that is focused on keeping Ontario’s schools publicly funded.

By advocating for the importance of publicly funded education in communities across Ontario, and lobbying the government to ensure that schools remain publicly owned and neighbourhood based we can best meet the needs of both school-age and adult students.

We are opposed to sale of school properties, and believe that properites owned in the public sphere must be used as educational hubs even in areas with declining enrolment where it is anticipated an area will not incur population growth.

Such examples of alternate usage of space would be day care, afterschool programs, community housing, housing for the elderly, parks and recreation, can be effectively combined with smaller more effective schools.

The sale of public lands by the TDSB endorsed Toronto Lands Corporation should concern us all.

We are  part of a community based, parent-driven advocacy movement that is focused on keeping Ontario’s schools publicly funded.
By advocating for the importance of publicly funded education in communities across Ontario, and lobbying the government to ensure that schools remain publicly owned and neighbourhood based we can best meet the needs of both school-age and adult students.
We are opposed to sale of school properties, and believe that properites owned in the public sphere must be used as educational hubs even in areas with declining enrolment where it is anticipated an area will not incur population growth.
Such examples of alternate usage of space would be day care, afterschool programs, community housing, housing for the elderly, parks and recreation, can be effectively combined with smaller more effective schools.
The sale of public lands by the TDSB endorsed Toronto Lands Corporation should concern us all.

More information:  sos (at) campaignforpubliceducation.ca  and updates on the Save Our Schools Toronto page of www.facebook.com

News Postings

1. School closings update

(Boardwatch/TDSB)… schools in Toronto Centre and Etobicoke North. 

After a year of raucous public consultations, Toronto District School
Board staff is recommending …

2. School closures in the news

(Boardwatch/TDSB) The fall school closing reviews at theToronto District School Board were more than a little contentious. They saw protests, angry parent rallies, board meetings that dragged past midnight,and one committee …

3. TDSB trustees elected Oct 25th

(Elections/Elections – The City) Public school board CPE sincerely welcomes all new & returning TDSB Trustees! We look forward to assisting you in our collective efforts to maintain and improve quality publicly-funded education …

 4. TorStar on closures

(News/Education Matters) Toronto Star May 3, 2010 LOUISE BROWN Toronto grapples with school closings. There will be tirades. There could be tears. But this time, the political fireworks of school closings seem missing. …

5. unite with parents to protest flawed funding

(Boardwatch/TDSB)

Why isn’t the TDSB, along with publicly elected trustees, uniting with parents to protest the Ontario Ministry of
Education’s flawed funding formula, which is at the heart of school closings
across …

6. Not too late to save schools

(Boardwatch/TDSB)

School Trustees will vote on school closings this summer! Parents & SOS campaigners note that it’s not too late
to save our schools. There is still time to organize in our schools and in our communities …

7. “It’s a real mess!”

(Boardwatch/TDSB)

Parents, school staff and community members have spoken out against school closings and against the manipulative process set up by the Toronto District School Board (TDSB). At ARC (Accommodation …

8. Parents say NO to Briar Hill closure

(Boardwatch/TDSB)

Some angry parents in the Bathurst Street and Eglinton Avenue area are fighting to keep their children’s school open. ctvtoronto.ca reports:
The Toronto District School Board is recommending that …

9. school closings “absolute crap”

(Boardwatch/TDSB)

Parents lash out over school closings. Amid jeers and whistles, angry parents and school staff from the Jane-Finch community accused school board officials Thursday of targeting their neighbourhood …

10. Trustees: “FREEZE closings!”

(Boardwatch/TDSB)

Why the rush to close schools before the funding formula review is complete? Our School Trustees were elected to protect our public education system
and must act immediately to freeze the planned closing …

11. “Schools belong to all!

(News/Education Matters)

The following are pensioners’recommendations with reference to the planned school closings in Ontario.

1.Elementary and secondary school buildings and grounds belong to the people of Ontario and …

12. School closings & funding

(News/Education Matters)

School closings, funding formulas and community hubs People for Education has made a number of recommendations in a new report on school closings. The report shows that there are 172 schools slated …

13. Hubs not hulks

(Schools @ the Heart/TDSB – General)

Hubs not hulks: is there a practical alternative to school closings?  
Interest is growing in the potential role of schools as community hubs.
If schools are integrated into a community development plan …

14. School closings ?

(Boardwatch/TDSB)

There are currently four Accommodation Review Committees (ARC) and Program Area Review Teams (PART) taking place across the Toronto District
School Board. Find details: www.tdsb.on.ca 1, Lawrence …

15. Bigger high schools hurts teens

(News/Education Matters)

Smaller high schools closed as McGuinty forces boards to cut. Smaller high schools, which are disappearing across the province as boards look to cut costs, are better for teens, says a report [released] …

16. Save our Neighbourhood School

(welcome/General Items)

“In many neighbourhoods, underused schools have the potential to become true community hubs – one-stop shopping for child care, parenting information, public health clinics, sports teams, …

17. Parents’ training conference Sept 20

(Schools @ the Heart/Unusual)

Did you know that your school could be closed by the school board and
the land sold to a developer? If the board finds that your school’s enrolment
is or will be under the 60% capacity mark (still …

18. End of term agenda    

(welcome/General Items)

the reversal of corporate recognition & advertising policy and the anticipated sale and closures of schools in both anglophone school boards through the ARC process. Representatives of groups and …

19. First Alert to Parents!

(Boardwatch/TDSB)

A message to School / Community Council parents, Did you know that your school could be closed by the school board and the land sold to a developer! If the board sees that your school’s enrollment …

20. Postpone pool closings

(News/Latest)

Hold off on draining Toronto’s school pools – at least until summer. That is …

21. Fight to save pools continues

(FAQs/General) … at summer camp. Atwood declared that without school pools: “Rich kids swim, poor kids sink”. (see News Atwood on Pools) For those getting fuzzy on our history, the Globe and Mail (19.4.08) helpfully …

22. Scrambling over school closures

(News/Latest)

Toronto Star May 16, 2008 Carol Goar We knew this was coming. School enrolment is one of the few areas of public policy that is reasonably predictable. Demographers told us the number of children in …

23. Canadian Tire & Y pools aid

(News/Latest)

YMCA, Canadian Tire join school pools fight Community groups willing to aid former mayor Crombie in finding a solution before end of June deadline The Globe and Mail May 14, 2008 JAMES RUSK With …

24. Atwood on pools

(News/Latest)

Rich kids swim, poor kids sink She learned to swim in Lake Superior at age 6, but not all kids can go to the cottage or summer camp. Margaret Atwood dives into the school pool debate, declaring that physical …

25. Wynne, lose and belly flop

(News/Latest)

Thu, April 17, 2008 CHRISTINA BLIZZARD Once a champion of the save the pools and schools fight, now look at the education minister My, that’s a most uncomfortable petard Education Minister Kathleen …

26. “Real problem is the funding”

(News/Latest)

Education minister backs school closings. Move would free up funding for programs Toronto Star April 17, 2008 Robert Benzie Ontario’s education minister has lauded a move by the Toronto …

27. Small schools on the block

(News/Latest)

Trustees move ahead on school closings Toronto Star April 17, 2008 Kristin Rushowy EDUCATION
REPORTER Toronto public school board trustees approved a plan late last night that could see dozens …

28. solution based on money

(News/Latest)

“Board forced to consider school closings” The Globe and Mail
SUSAN KRASHINSKY April 17,2008 Plagued by falling enrolment and rising stress on costs, the Toronto District School …

29. School trustees tap ‘tiny, perfect mayor’ to mediate in swimming pool dispute

(News/Latest)

The Globe and Mail JAMES BRADSHAW and Unnati Gandhi April 17, 2008 Former mayor David Crombie has agreed to step in and
mediate stalled talks over the fate of 39 school swimming …

30. Why a group of strangers took the plunge to save school pools

(News/Latest)

JAMES BRADSHAW Globe and Mail April 15, 2008 With a report from James Rusk The struggle to save 39 of Toronto’s public school pools hinges on a wide coalition that began to form when a single parents …

31. Synchronized protest

(News/Latest)

… April 10, 2008 Trustees of Canada’s
largest public school board are bracing for an onslaught of outraged parents at
tonight’s board meeting as they take a further step toward closing 23 school

32. wave of protests

(News/Latest)

32 layoffs at school pools recommended 23 pool closings a step closer as board committee backs cutting instructors despite wave of protests April 11, 2008 Louise Brown TORONTO STAR The fight …

33. For Toronto Parents

(FAQs/General)

School Councils tip sheet with thanks to the good people at P4E Purpose School councils are elected to advise principals and boards on ways to
improve student achievement to make the …

 
34. Election day voter assets under the raydar?

(News/Latest)

TORONTO SCHOOL BOARD REVENUE Crombie chosen to find cash in surplus properties JOHN LORINC Special to The Globe & Mail Oct 10, 2007 The cash-strapped …

35. closings impact kid’s safety

(News/Latest)

… and “puts out a lot of its own resources, without additional money, to implement that.” Many branch auditoriums are opened after school for youth; open mics and teen parenting workshops arecommon; …