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closing schools based on skewed utilization numbers

An internal Liberal government document obtained by the NDP shows the Kathleen Wynne government knows it’s closing schools based on skewed utilization numbers, party leader Andrea Horwath says. The concern is revealed in a ministerial briefing note the NDP obtained through access to information laws. In part, it reads: “Utilization does not typically recognize all programs/pupils currently u... »

Systemic Racism and Class Inequality a Reality in Hamilton School Closures

Systemic Racism and Class Inequality a Reality in Hamilton School Closures

Closing these schools and leaving a neighbourhood with a large immigrant population without any schools is an injustice that should be challenged.   by Yen Graham   Last year, I attended Louder Than a Bomb, a spoken-word event by high school students in Hamilton. In one performance, students at Sir John A. Macdonald (SJAM) spoke out against the perception that their school is dangerous becaus... »

Stop closing schools

Stop closing schools

The calls to keep rural Ontario schools open made it to Queen’s Park on Monday. [province wide] groups, organized to represent their schools against closures, were among hundreds of people from across the province who were in Toronto, calling for a moratorium on school closures and for provincial pupil accommodation review guidelines to be rewritten. “It went very well,” Williams... »

Keep Vaughan Road Academy

Keep Vaughan Road Academy

  Community to ask TDSB to stop plans to close Vaughan Road Academy Public will weigh in on series of school reorganizations and possible closures causing anxiety for kids and parents Photo:    Sue Sneyd and her two boys Malcolm, 8, left, and Oscar, 10, are among those eager to keep Vaughan Road Academy open. Sneyd’s boys hope to attend the school, which is slated to close for good next... »

Education in Ontatio

Education in Ontatio

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 ... »

Vancouver suspends school closures

Vancouver suspends school closures

The Vancouver School Board is suspending the school-closure process indefinitely, after a number of staff took medical leaves, leaving the organization without the capacity to move forward. The district’s new superintendent, Steve Cardwell, made the recommendation to suspend the school-closure process at a board meeting Monday night. Cardwell, who was the district’s superintendent for five years b... »

The class divide

The TDSB has its “have” and “have not” schools. But compared with fundraising among its GTA counterparts, the Toronto board is a pauper. Its average of $118 per elementary student in school-generated funds was the lowest of the 10 English-language boards in the Greater Toronto Area, according to 2012-13 data obtained by the Star through a freedom of information request. The York Region Catholic bo... »

Ministry releases disrepair data for ALL schools  

The parent run group, Fix Our Schools has been calling for transparency on this information so commends the Ministry of Education for releasing data about disrepair for every single school in the province. This is an important next step in ensuring all citizens realize the level of disrepair that exists in Ontario’s publicly funded schools. Public acknowledgement of the $15-billion of disrepair in... »

Two new trustees

Alexandra Lulka and Avtar Minhas were elected in TDSB wards 5 and 1 Monday in city by-elections. Detailed polling results here. »

safeguarding democracy; encouraging students to think

How did U.S. politics reach this bizarre point, where so many are ready to vote for Donald Trump — a situation encapsulated in a Daily News shot of Sarah Palin endorsing him, under the headline, “I’m With Stupid.” I’m not saying Trump is stupid nor is everything he expresses; his blasts against trade deals that undermine U.S. jobs are on point. Rather, it’s the willingness to unconditionally embra... »

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