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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... »

The day the music stopped?

The day the music stopped?

April 09, 2013 16:27 ET                        Toronto District School Board Eyes Slashing Music Program TORONTO, ONTARIO–(Marketwired – April 9, 2013) – Massive cuts to the elementary school music program were placed on the agenda last night at the Toronto District School Board’s Budget Committee. Again facing the annual structural deficit, senior staff tabled a discussion... »

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 ... »

Repeal Bill 115 THIS Friday

Repeal Bill 115 THIS Friday

This Friday at 4pm targeting Education Minister Laurel Broten’s Constituency Office 701 Evans Avenue Etobicoke.  Parents, teachers, 44oo education workers, students and community from across the city have been taking action at Friday after-school rallies since September. The weekly actions at the constituency offices of Liberal Cabinet Ministers and MPPs is to protect and enhance public educ... »

ESSENTIAL UPGRADE FOR EDUCATION IN TORONTO

ESSENTIAL UPGRADE FOR EDUCATION IN TORONTO

GIVE ALL OUR STUDENTS WHAT THEY NEED TO SUCCEED Following the 1998 amalgamation of school boards, Trustees lost the ability to determine local needs and to tax in order to fund them. Prior to that year Toronto’s seven school boards did NOT have constant year over year financial crises. However, when the province took over complete control of funding, the serious and serial problems began.  Right n... »

Many 100s teachers rally at board & give TDSB an F

Many 100s teachers rally at board & give TDSB an F

On Monday afternoon, Dec 3, 2012    several 100s of elementary teachers, parents and community allies gathered at 5050 Yonge St in Toronto and gave the TDSB an F for its handling of Bill 115 and Progress Reports. [more photos]  Andy Lomnicki, VP of ETT noted that:  “For the past few weeks, the TDSB’s handling of Bill 115 and fall Progress Reports has done nothing but inflame tensions b... »

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