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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... »

school shortage in TO

school shortage in TO

 Leslieville just one of several Toronto neighbourhoods with a shortage of schools   The TDSB has posted signs in certain districts to warn home buyers they may not be able to find space for their children in the area By SALMAAN FAROOQUI        The Canadian Press TORONTO—Serina Manek has been living in Leslieville for seven years and has watched it go from a rough-around-the-edges area in Toronto’... »

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... »

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... »

Racialized youth face barriers

High school graduation season was marked by a good news story this year. Ontario’s province-wide graduation rate reached an all-time high, with nearly 80 per cent of students finishing high school in four years. But while there’s reason to celebrate, that number also belies a persistent and troubling reality. Kids from minority groups, and Black boys in particular, are still disproportionate... »

Being black & queer in school; what its like

by Shantal Otchere nowtoronto.com     Jamea Zuberi is a teacher with the TDSB and member of the Black Student Achievement Advisory Committee (BSAAC).                                                                                                                  Blowback over Black Lives Matter – Toronto’s (BLM-TO) protest at Pride last summer exposed the ease with which we are capable of slipping... »

Education Charter – a vision for Ontario

Education Charter – a vision for Ontario

To ensure a healthy democracy we as a society need an educated electorate. A quality public education is the right of every Ontarian. To ensure that all residents of Ontario receive a quality public education that meets their individual needs and serve them well in later life, the following are essential: 1. Funding of school boards must be based on the needs of their students. Presently, Ontario ... »

anti-black racism in schools

anti-black racism in schools

For Black students to succeed, the entire school system may have to be brought to a grinding halt and redesigned from the bottom up BY NEIL PRICE Over the past six months, I’ve been working on a research project focused on improving literacy in the Kingston-Galloway-Orton Park (KGO) community of Scarborough. It’s a community that media would have us believe is a hopeless, impoverished ... »

Cops out of schools?

Cops out of schools?

When the Toronto police board met [last] week, a lesser-known police initiative called the School Resource Officer program was a minor item buried deep on a packed agenda — and nowhere near the chopping block. But by the end of the monthly board meeting, the 36 uniform cops assigned to work in 75 schools across the city had nearly been pulled out of class, the program suddenly on the brink of susp... »

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