Education policy

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... »

10 Point Program for Public Education in Toronto- download flyer here

10 Point Program for Public Education in Toronto- download flyer here

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Austerity’s unaffordable tax cuts breed extreme poverty

“The Right’s greatest success has been to redefine taxes as a burden” says Alex Himelfarb, former clerk of Canada’s Privy Council: The number one issue for me is inequality. … Austerity at every level of government–largely self-imposed through years of unaffordable tax cuts – has eroded our key redistributive institutions, welfare and employment insurance, and continues to squeeze the programs tha... »

$500m cut to education budget

Some schools in Ontario will be shut down as the Liberal government makes education funding cuts to help eliminate a $12.5-billion deficit in three years, Education Minister Liz Sandals admitted Tuesday. The planned cuts are included in the government’s 2015-16 education funding guide, which was obtained by the New Democrats and calls for permanent savings of up to $500 million by 2017-18. &... »

Elections mean democratic governance

Elections mean democratic governance

September, 2014 Dear School Community Council members, As many of you have noted, the Toronto District School Board has been moving away from public accountability by doing more and more of its business in “in-camera” sessions. These private sessions should be restricted to strictly confidential human resource matters. The public is entitled to know how their duly elected representativ... »

Measure candidates against CPE’s platform!

Measure candidates against CPE’s platform!

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To succeed, we need trustee taxation powers returned

To succeed, we need trustee taxation powers returned

In April the participating organizations at the Campaign for Public Education resolved  to sent the following letter to Ontario’s Premier, the Hon Kathleen Wynne. Dear Premier Wynne, Further to our February  11th letter, we would  like to raise a question with you when we meet. CPE’s association of Toronto-based agencies and organizations is looking forward to sitting down with you to examin... »

The Youth That Canada Leaves Behind -CCLA

The Youth That Canada Leaves Behind -CCLA

 Canadian Civil Liberties Association    Monday, August 12 was International Youth Day, an occasion for parents, educators, and others to celebrate the achievements and potential of children and teenagers. Canada prides itself on its youth. Every day, we learn of the accomplishments of remarkable young people. Older people can feel that our world will be left in very good hands. In part, we can th... »

“Vote vs a cuts budget” -trustee

“Vote vs a cuts budget” -trustee

An open letter from TDSB Trustee Chris Glover to his Etobicoke constituents.   Dear Etobicoke Centre Constituents: I was elected to serve as TDSB Trustee in October 2010. I am honoured by the people who elected me, and I made a firm commitment to uphold and maintain the integrity of a system that would ensure success for all students. Now, I am writing to explain the dilemma I face as your Trustee... »

IT’S NOT FAIR! – Social Planning Toronto

IT’S NOT FAIR! – Social Planning Toronto

The Ontario government provides funding for school boards across Ontario to offer programs and support for students from low-income families – the “Learning Opportunities Grant” – but Boards of Education re-direct much of this funding to other underfunded priorities. At the Toronto District School Board, up to $90 million a year is redirected away from programs that directly benefit students in ne... »

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