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Report: “gross underfunding”

As far back as 2002, a $5.6 billion repair backlog existed in Ontario’s publicly funded schools. Today, there is $15.9 billion of disrepair in the buildings where 2 million Ontario children spend their days. At Queens Park Media Studio 10am Tues, Nov 14 2017 economist Hugh Mackenzie will release his report entitled, “Ontario’s deteriorating schools – the fix is not in”. Details of the $15.9 billio... »

Province, allow schools to collect developers’ cash!

Current rules restrict school boards’ ability to collect levies from builders and what they can spend it on Ali Youssefi, parent council co-chair, and son Kamyar, 10, in front of McKee Public School, which has almost doubled its size to 775 students since Youssefi’s eldest son started there a decade ago.  (CARLOS OSORIO / TORONTO STAR) |    “Families are moving in and new condos are being built, b... »

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 major Ontario cities

school shortage in major Ontario cities

 Provincial funding restrictions have led a number of Ontario’s 72 school boards short of much needed schools.   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’s east end, to one of the city’s most desirable neighbourhoods. The demand for Leslieville was alwa... »

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     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... »

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