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Joint Response from OSSTF District 12, CUPE 4400 and Elementary Teachers of Toronto

Joint Response from OSSTF District 12, CUPE 4400 and Elementary Teachers of Toronto

The recent Review of the TDSB by Margaret Wilson and the consequent directions from Education Minister Liz Sandals are troubling to say the least. There is no doubt that the intervention by the Ontario Government  into the affairs of the TDSB is as much about closing schools and reducing the democratic role of Trustees, as it is about fixing the dysfunctional relationships  between Trustees and se... »

WHY MINISTER’S “SOLUTIONS” CANNOT SOLVE THE PROBLEMS

A statement from the TORONTO EDUCATION WORKERS:  Reading through the Report on the TDSB, produced by Margaret Wilson and the January 15th, 2015 “13 Points” response letter from the Minister of Education Liz Sandals, a number of serious issues crystalized.  The first is that decades of democratic control of our public education system has been spiked in the heart with no consultation whatsoever wit... »

Public to speak to TDSB on Minister’s directives

The trustees of the TDSB will hold a public consultation meeting Monday January 26th from 4:30 – 9pm at 5050 Yonge St on the Minister of Education’s directives arising from the Wilson Review of the Toronto District School Board. All CPE groups encouraged to attend.  Submissions to the board in writing are also encouraged. »

behind closed doors

At it’s Jan 19th meeting, the TDSB board set up dates to deal with the Minister’s directives (a public consultation on Jan 26th, a board meeting on Feb 4th to consider plans to respond to the directives and finally on Wednesday Feb 10th a special board meeting to approve its plan to implement the Minister’s directives.) Trustees then decided to move behind closed doors to discuss... »

5 Questions for the Minister

 A TYLC Communique: The Ontario government has just released a directive ordering the Toronto District School Board to make drastic changes to the role of school trustees, and clearing the way for closing up to 100 schools. We have been down this road before. When the Mike Harris government was attempting to impose its will on school boards across Ontario, it accused the trustees in Toronto and ot... »

Minister directs TDSB

Minister directs TDSB

 Minister’s directives TDSB (1) Minister’s directives TDSB (2)  Louise Brown GTA, Kristin Rushowy Education Reporter, Published Toronto Star on Thu Jan 15 2015 Education Minister Liz Sandals has ordered Toronto District School Board trustees to vacate their offices at board headquarters, get ride of their assistants and stop butting into the everyday operations of the country’s l... »

De-amalgamating TDSB?

De-amalgamating TDSB?

Kristin Rushowy The Star  Education Reporter, Published on Mon Jan 12 2015 Too big, too unwieldly and utterly dysfunctional.   For years, such criticism has been levelled against the Toronto District School Board — one of the largest in North America, the biggest in Canada and nearly twice the size of the next biggest Ontario board. Forged from six former Toronto boards in 1998 by an amalgamation ... »

Province won’t consult boards on school-closure rule changes

The Ministry of Education won’t be giving individual school boards a say on new guidelines that will allow school-closure studies to be done more quickly and with less citizen input. Spokesperson Gary Wheeler said the ministry has already “conducted comprehensive consultations with many of our education partners” on the news rules, which cut the existing seven-month minimum for closure reviews to ... »

Austerity’s unaffordable tax cuts breed extreme poverty

“The Right’s greatest success has been to redefine taxes as a burden” says Alex Himelfarb, former clerk of Canada’s Privy Council: The number one issue for me is inequality. … Austerity at every level of government–largely self-imposed through years of unaffordable tax cuts – has eroded our key redistributive institutions, welfare and employment insurance, and continues to squeeze the programs tha... »

school closing changes

school closing changes

Major changes coming for school closing process Currently, school boards must undertake a thorough public process when they are considering closing or consolidating schools. Ontario’s Ministry of Education is planning significant changes to the guidelines (see below) for the review process entitled “Accommodation Review” or ARC.   The Ministry says that these changes to policy ar... »

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