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Liberals sidestep $15.9 billion repair backlog

Liberals sidestep $15.9 billion repair backlog

 Directly following our Tuesday press conference Ontario’s Premier was questioned:   NDP’s Andrea Horwath: My question is for the Premier. Schools in Ontario need $15.9 billion worth of repairs just to get them to decent standards for our children. That’s a very big number, with very big consequences. In the summer, that number means kids are in the classrooms sweating in their seats b... »

Liberals: $3 billion to save crumbling schools

Noted economist Hugh Mackenzie has revealed that $3 billion per year is needed to repair, maintain and rebuild Ontario’s schools. His comprehensive report shows that Ontario is faced with $15.9 billion of disrepair that has been allowed to accumulate in our schools over the last 20 years. $3 billion per year is over double current provincial funding levels for school renewal. However this problem ... »

Schools in disrepair: why?

Schools in disrepair: why?

The parent campaign, Fix Our Schools, has a series of answers: “We are adrift in a sea of schools that are in appalling shape. The majority of Ontario schools simply cannot be considered buildings that provide optimum learning conditions. Who let it get this far? “You might be surprised to hear that your property taxes don’t go to your chosen school board anymore. The present provincia... »

Report: “gross underfunding”

As far back as 2002, a $5.6 billion repair backlog existed in Ontario’s publicly funded schools. Today, there is $15.9 billion of disrepair in the buildings where 2 million Ontario children spend their days. At Queens Park Media Studio 10am Tues, Nov 14 2017 economist Hugh Mackenzie will release his report entitled, “Ontario’s deteriorating schools – the fix is not in”. Details of the $15.9 billio... »

Province, allow schools to collect developers’ cash!

Current rules restrict school boards’ ability to collect levies from builders and what they can spend it on Ali Youssefi, parent council co-chair, and son Kamyar, 10, in front of McKee Public School, which has almost doubled its size to 775 students since Youssefi’s eldest son started there a decade ago.  (CARLOS OSORIO / TORONTO STAR) |    “Families are moving in and new condos are being built, b... »

funding formula bad for schools

funding formula bad for schools

Economist Hugh Mackenzie and campaigner Annie Kidder lay out the Tory & Liberal legacy on TVO. »

Special Ed EAs rock!

Special Ed EAs rock!

 a special sort of educator. I’ve been teaching for over 20 years, and even now, I marvel at the work educational assistants do.  These are people who exercise patience as though it’s part of their lifeblood. The kids they deal with on a regular basis are sometimes not the easiest cases, when you’re talking about a “regular” classroom; there might be behavior issues a... »

The Defunding of Public Education

In a comprehensive report on Ontario’s education funding for ETFO this month economist Hugh Mackenzie has produced a revealing and very readable testament to the critical importance of the Campaign for Public Education founded in Toronto in 2002.                         “September 22, 2017 marks the 20th anniversary of the introduction of Bill 160, euphemistically entitled the Educatio... »

Public Ed Facts

For the latest Canadian  education research and policy news. TOPICS  Assessment (2)  Curriculum (1)  EdTech & Design (2)  Engagement (2)  Equity (2)  Indigenous Learning (1)  Promising Practices (5)  Research (2)  School Community (6)  Teaching (8)  Well-being (3) APPLY AUTHORS Select an authorSelectAaron AkuneAaron AkuneAdam de PencierAdam de PencierAdam William John DaviesAdam William John D... »

School Closures put Communities at Risk

In Ontario, over 2,000 schools have been permanently shuttered since 1990. Right now, 600 schools are under review for potential closure; 500 of these schools are located in rural communities and small towns. This is an important and high-profile issue for small towns and rural communities that are already stressed by the local impacts of a changing economic structure, an aging society, and concer... »

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