Education policy

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... »

Schools “efficient” and convenient community hubs

Schools “efficient” and convenient community hubs

In the unlikely event that Crombie were ever to settle on just one cause, it might well be “community hubs” — using a single property to house the local school, daycare, swimming pool, community centre, health centre and library, as well as other city services. Places like Seattle have embraced that approach; Toronto, not so much, where instead various institutions tend to occupy their very own sl... »

Province “too cheap”

Province “too cheap”

thestar.com Phil Allt  COMMENT   Published on Sun Mar 24 2013 The resumption of extracurricular activities in Ontario preoccupies many armchair critics of public education. Yet no one, not even those who can speak with some authority, is really confronting the issue. Outgoing Ontario Secondary School Teacher president Ken Coran correctly asserts that only 20 per cent of high school teachers will r... »

Pop up clubs for life-long learning begs the  question: When do we RE-FUND education in the public interest?

Pop up clubs for life-long learning begs the question: When do we RE-FUND education in the public interest?

 * Toronto’s four  publicly funded school boards would be wise to re-examine the importance of their remaining facilities for hands-on “shop” and technical training,  if  recent research by Denise Balkissoon is to be believed.   This past weekend’s Globe & Mail reports that Toronto, already awash in pop-up shops (to the delight of consumers intent on retail therapy), is... »

Schooling for Life  – Dr Dale E Shuttleworth

Schooling for Life – Dr Dale E Shuttleworth

During the first decade of the twenty-first century, schools and communities find themselves struggling with concerns of youth violence, child poverty, and race relations in an economy mired in recession. in Schooling for Life, esteemed community educator Dale e. shuttleworth brings his rich experiences as a teacher, principal, school superintendant, policy writer, community development worker, so... »

Hudak’s trial balloon

Hudak’s trial balloon

Ontario PC leader, Tim Hudak, last month floated a trial balloon on public education, his party’s “white paper” entitled PREPARING STUDENTS FOR THE CHALLENGES OF THE TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY.   Here is the paper’s conclusion.     Please comment on it below. It’s time to move our schools to the next level, to give our children the skills they need to succeed in the twenty-first ... »

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