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Kindergarten plans would be second rate, teachers’ union says

JILL MAHONEY The Globe and Mail  April 23, 2008 The prospect of holding full-day kindergarten in non-school buildings with a mixture of teachers and early childhood educators would result in a second-rate education, an Ontario teachers' union says. David Clegg, president of the Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario, said parents would not accept such measures. "The potential... »

Catholic board’s programs for youngest take a big hit

Targets in deficit battle include literacy classesApr 23, 2008 Kristin Rushowy  Toronto Star Toronto's Catholic board could axe its full-day kindergarten program – even though the government will be introducing it provincewide starting in 2010 – as part of a plan to eliminate a $14 million deficit and finally balance its budget. Also on the chopping block are literacy programs... »

Atwood on pools

Rich kids swim, poor kids sinkShe learned to swim in Lake Superior at age 6, but not all kids can go to the cottage or summer camp. Margaret Atwood dives into the school pool debate, declaring that physical activity is not a frill MARGARET ATWOOD   Special to the Globe and Mail   April 19, 2008 People are angry about Toronto's proposed school swimming-pool closings. Not jus... »

Pool money should be public: Crombie

Ex-mayor cites importance of school swim programs in Depression-era T.O.Toronto Star April 19, 2008  Louise Brown If they mattered enough to be built in the middle of the Great Depression, Toronto's school pools deserve another re-think before being drained now for lack of funds, says former mayor David Crombie. Also, any long-term financial lifeline should come largely from public &ndash... »

Funding formula refresher course

KELLY GRANT  Globe & Mail April 19, 2008 In 1998, Mike Harris's Conservative government took taxing power away from local school boards and established a new education-funding formula. Now, Queen's Park sets the education-tax rate and largely dictates how boards spend the money. The funding formula, which sets guidelines – with some flexibility – for what boards spend ... »

Toronto’s ‘middle’ schools face axe

Toronto Star April 18, 2008 Louise Brown Caught in the hurricane of hormones between childhood and the adult world, pre-teens have been called the toughest to teach – but budget woes threaten to change the way Toronto public schools handle these middle years. The Toronto District School Board's new plan to consider phasing out many "middle" schools, as it merges costly small an... »

Continuing education given reprieve

Toronto Star April 18, 2008   Kristin Rushowy   EDUCATION REPORTER Continuing education will continue as is – for now. Toronto trustees decided at a meeting Wednesday night to remove continuing education, including adult English as a second language, from a report on program planning that could have meant major cuts. French programs were also removed from the report of th... »

“This isn’t over by a long shot,”

Wednesday April 16, 2008  CityNews.ca A months-long battle to keep almost two-dozen Toronto District School Board pools open appears to have come to an end. Despite the countless protests which brought hundreds of bathing suit-clad students to the foot of Queen's Park, the TDSB voted against reopening discussion on the closure of 23 pools Wednesday night. The plan will see the pools drain... »

Wynne, lose and belly flop

Thu, April 17, 2008 CHRISTINA BLIZZARDOnce a champion of the save the pools and schools fight, now look at the education minister My, that's a most uncomfortable petard Education Minister Kathleen Wynne has hoisted herself on. Here she is, sternly scolding the Toronto District School Board on how it can sell off vacant properties to pay for pools. Where have I heard all this before? Oh, right.... »

Swimming has improved student’s quality of life

Sun Media, Don Peat April 17, 2008One student has a good reason to stand up for the Toronto public school board pools — without them she would have a harder time standing at all. Lauren Daly, 16, says the pool at her school has made all the difference in helping her overcome some of the physical barriers created by her cerebral palsy. "For people with a physical or intellectual disabili... »

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