Education matters

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... »

Special Education cannot be cut – Judge

Special Education cannot be cut – Judge

. School discriminated against boy by cutting special-needs program: top court A landmark Supreme Court of Canada decision has put schools on strict notice that they cannot evade their responsibility to accommodate children with special needs. Waving aside the financial woes of a North Vancouver school board, the court concluded on Tuesday that it had discriminated against a dyslexic child who was... »

Public education by numbers

Public education by numbers

$2billion:  the amount McGuinty’s Bill 115 extracts from Ontario’s public education budget over 2-3 years. $2billion:   the amount Ontario would generate per year if we simply restored the corporate tax rate to 14%; the 2009 level. ________________________________________________________________________ Sources: Ontario Ministry of Finance, Ontario Budget 2012, Public Service Alliance ... »

Dear Minister Broten

Dear Minister Broten

I am writing to you today as a parent of a child in Ontario’s public school system. Specifically, my child attends Public School in Toronto.  Over the past weeks since school began, I have been shocked and disheartened to see first hand the impact of the cuts you have made to our prized education system. <photo with thanks to: Terrance Lam> I have seen and heard about the chaos full day kind... »

Students aren’t high on the priority list

Students aren’t high on the priority list

“Governing is about priorities. Students can’t help but notice they aren’t high on the list.”    David Suzuki June 2012  The Campaign for Public Education has closely examined Ontario’s Bill 115 and is, frankly, appalled with this legislation that will extract more than $2 billion from education funding.  It was not done to expand or consolidate programs or services – the stated purpose was to “fi... »

Page 6 of 11«45678»