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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... »

$500m cut to education budget

Some schools in Ontario will be shut down as the Liberal government makes education funding cuts to help eliminate a $12.5-billion deficit in three years, Education Minister Liz Sandals admitted Tuesday. The planned cuts are included in the government’s 2015-16 education funding guide, which was obtained by the New Democrats and calls for permanent savings of up to $500 million by 2017-18. &... »

Education funds lowest; Startling New Ontario Findings

Education funds lowest; Startling New Ontario Findings

Less than 2 years ago an Ontario-wide coalition of more than 90 groups and organizations concerned with growing inequality released an unprecedented report showing that Ontario has sunk to last place in Canada when measured against every important social indicator.  “Most people would be shocked to know that Ontario has seen the largest increase in income inequality and the second largest ju... »

Toronto still not signed-off

Toronto still not signed-off

The deadline is fast approaching for the more than half of school boards in the province that have still not signed-off on a deal reached between the Liberal government and the union representing high school teachers earlier this year. Only eight of the more than 40 high school boards in the province have implemented the contracts so far.. School boards have until August 29 to commit to the new am... »

“Education is a right; that is what we have to fight!” student vs school closings

“Education is a right; that is what we have to fight!” student vs school closings

With an all to familiar promise to build brighter futures and new schools, authorities in Chicago are now up against communities determined to save their schools.  These 3 minutes will surprise and inspire.  Click here: Amazing 9 year old Asean Johnson brings the crowd to their feet at Chicago school closings rally www.youtube.com By the end of this speech hundreds vowed to vote for Asean for Mayo... »

The day the music stopped?

The day the music stopped?

April 09, 2013 16:27 ET                        Toronto District School Board Eyes Slashing Music Program TORONTO, ONTARIO–(Marketwired – April 9, 2013) – Massive cuts to the elementary school music program were placed on the agenda last night at the Toronto District School Board’s Budget Committee. Again facing the annual structural deficit, senior staff tabled a discussion... »

Globe goes after TDSB’s labour costs

Globe goes after TDSB’s labour costs

 (photo credit: Peter Power/The Globe and Mail 2013.04.10) Toronto Interactive See which Toronto schools have ballooning labour costs Stuart A. Thompson and Kate Hammer                   The Globe and Mail   Wednesday, Apr. 10 2013, 1:05 PM EDT The Toronto District School Board is the largest school board in the country with an annual budget of about $3-billion. While the TDSB employs salaried cus... »

Pop up clubs for life-long learning begs the  question: When do we RE-FUND education in the public interest?

Pop up clubs for life-long learning begs the question: When do we RE-FUND education in the public interest?

 * Toronto’s four  publicly funded school boards would be wise to re-examine the importance of their remaining facilities for hands-on “shop” and technical training,  if  recent research by Denise Balkissoon is to be believed.   This past weekend’s Globe & Mail reports that Toronto, already awash in pop-up shops (to the delight of consumers intent on retail therapy), is... »

$27m in staff cuts on the table tonight

$27m in staff cuts on the table tonight

Those not in the house (5050 Yonge St) might like to follow the recast motion via live streaming;  just click here:  tdsb.on.ca Now 3 hours from where they started at 7:30pm, the school board trustees recessed until 10:30pm They will be back then to the point of the agenda where the agenda item started as the board considers  $27 million of STAFF-recommended cuts, rushed and very minor community c... »

Globe disses TDSB

Globe disses TDSB

The TDSB is “dysfunctional” and in the midst of a “governance crisis”.  So says Canada’s generally centre-right but influential Globe & Mail.  The paper calls for major change at the country’s largest school board.   CREDIT BELOW “Toronto in early 2013 finds itself facing a double crisis of governance. The first, of course, is at City Hall, where the m... »

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