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Pre-amalgamation mayor’s panel to divide & rule?

Pre-amalgamation mayor’s panel to divide & rule?

 Former Toronto mayor Barbara Hall will chair an expert panel that will advise the TDSB on ways of improving its governance structure. (photo: CBC)  Hall told reporters that the panel members had met for the first time on Monday March 16th.   She said they will be seeking input on many issues surrounding the board and will then put together their own recommendations for the minister. Education Min... »

The School As Community Hub

The School As Community Hub

There’s been much chatter about schools as community hubs this month.  But what does this actually involve?  Here is one of the more comprehensive studies on the subject edited by David Clandsfield and George Martel.   The School As Community Hub – Beyond Education’s Iron Cage.  http://www.policyalternatives.ca/sites/default/files/uploads/publications/ourselves/docs/OSOS_Summer10... »

CPE monthly assembly

CPE monthly assembly

The next CPE assembly on public education will be held on Monday May 25th  6-8pm. If your group or organization is Toronto-focused and demands full education funding, please join us. This monthly roundtable of public-education advocates, parent-community groups and school based workers from publicly-funded school boards reviews progress of our elected trustees, and together, plan the next steps of... »

$7m further cut at TDSB

$7m further cut at TDSB

The TDSB will be trimming another $7-million from its budget, on top of making $16.5-million in cuts to balance its budget.  Roughly 260 jobs had been eliminated, including about 50 special-education positions. But to achieve the new savings, the board will also not be filling some jobs that come open mid-year, says trustee Robin Pilkey.When the board passed the budget in mid-March, with its job c... »

School Closures flyer: download here

School Closures flyer: download here

School Closures – 2015 04 22 – WEB »

education funding in Ontario for 2015-16

education funding in Ontario for 2015-16

 Education funding for 2015-16 was announced on March 26, 2015 by the Ministry of Education.  Only the Grants for Student Needs (GSN) were released.  The Education Program – Other (EPO) announcement will be at some future date.  In addition to the GSN the Ministry released a revised version of the Pupil Accommodation Review Guidelines, which describes the process school boards must go through when... »

Education funding still dangerously inadequate

While the Ministry of Education has offered stabilized funding in the face of declining enrollment for 2015-2016, the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO) is concerned that longstanding structural funding issues are continuing to have a negative effect, in particular on students with special needs and the implementation of full-day Kindergarten. “While Ontario has embraced an integrat... »

“More delays for community hubs as Liberals force school closures”

“More delays for community hubs as Liberals force school closures”

The latest Government panel appointment “announcement won’t distract from the Liberals’ sorry record of failing to support community hubs – and won’t stop half-a-billion dollars in planned cuts to classrooms” states MPP Lisa Gretzky, the NDP’s new Education Critic. “As usual, the Liberals are saying one thing but doing the exact opposite. That’s why the new special advisor needs ... »

Low-enrolment schools=more than #s

Low-enrolment schools=more than #s

The Toronto public school board is quietly shutting down Eastern Commerce and Nelson Boylen, the two most under-enrolled schools in the city even though neither has been part of a required area review.  Not small schools — more like big families.  While they have the lowest enrolment of all high schools in Toronto, students and staff say there’s much more to Eastern Commerce and Nelson A. Boylen t... »

Who voted to cut?

Who voted to cut?

Eight Trustees opposed the cut of 23.5 special education support staff positions this fall.  In a motion passed by TDSB March 11, 2015 all staffing cuts were passed as proposed except item (g).  Initially the proposed cut of 33.5 Special Education Support Staff positions was rejected by 12 Trustees (Sheila Ward, Manna Wong, Tiffany Ford, Howard Kaplan, Jennifer Arp, Ausma Malik, Chris Tonks, Jenni... »

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