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$7m further cut at TDSB

$7m further cut at TDSB

The TDSB will be trimming another $7-million from its budget, on top of making $16.5-million in cuts to balance its budget.  Roughly 260 jobs had been eliminated, including about 50 special-education positions. But to achieve the new savings, the board will also not be filling some jobs that come open mid-year, says trustee Robin Pilkey.When the board passed the budget in mid-March, with its job c... »

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 ... »

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... »

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... »

Flawed funding formula behind Toronto school board woes: study

The political drama that’s been unfolding at the Toronto District School Board (TDSB) over school closures and tight funding is totally avoidable, says the author of a new study from the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives’ Ontario office (CCPA-Ontario).- See more »

Closing schools not the answer!

Schools are at the heart of most communities and to close them based on budget constraints is to rip at the fabric of neighbourhoods.  Closing schools is not the right response to declining enrolments, writes Cathy Dandy. Toronto Star Published on Feb 02 2015 Schools must close! This has been the cry for 18 years now as successive provincial governments continue to create a crisis in order to extr... »

Studies favour smaller schools

When discussing amalgamation of schools, it is important to know which size schools are able to best serve various communities.  Studies are favouring smaller, rather than the larger schools often envisioned by the TDSB.  This review examined 57 empirical studies (from after 1990) on how school size effects student & organizational outcomes. The weight of evidence provided by this research cle... »

It Just Doesn’t Add Up!

January 30, 2015  For Immediate Release  Toronto, Friday January 30, 2015  – The Ontario Government is cutting the provincial education budget by $500,000 (a half billion dollars) and then directing massive closures and property sales across Toronto at a time when elementary enrollment is increasing. It just doesn’t add up! The Education Minister’s demand for a plan which would close s... »

TDSB enrolment figures excludes adult programs, community groups

With 130 “underutilized” Toronto schools on a list for possible closure, critics say the province’s method for determining whether they are at capacity fails to capture the reality in many of the city’s schools. In response to a demand by the province to address declining enrolment, the Toronto District School Board released a list Wednesday of 130 schools that are operating at below 65-per-cent c... »

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