“Real problem is the funding”

Education minister backs school closings.  Move would free up funding for programsToronto Star April 17, 2008  Robert Benzie Ontario's education minister has lauded a move by the Toronto public board that would lead to closing of many small and under-enrolled schools to free up money to boost programming and open new schools. "Every board around the province has to deal with its... »

Crombie asked to save pools

Toronto Star April 17, 2008 Kristin Rushowy  EDUCATION REPORTER Toronto's public board is turning to former mayor David Crombie in the hope he can broker a deal to keep school pools afloat. At a meeting last night, Toronto District School Board trustees agreed to ask Crombie to convene a meeting with federal, provincial, city and board representatives to secure long-term funding to keep t... »

Small schools on the block

Trustees move ahead on school closingsToronto Star April 17, 2008  Kristin Rushowy  EDUCATION REPORTER Toronto public school board trustees approved a plan late last night that could see dozens of small schools with low enrolment closed in the next few years following a ward-by-ward review expected to start in June. The report by the board's General Asset and Program Planning working... »

solution based on money

"Board forced to consider school closings"The Globe and Mail  SUSAN KRASHINSKY  April 17, 2008 Plagued by falling enrolment and rising stress on costs, the Toronto District School Board considered a report last night recommending school closings in certain areas. Over the past seven years, public schools have lost 33,000 students – the equivalent of 40 elementary and 10 h... »

School trustees tap ‘tiny, perfect mayor’ to mediate in swimming pool dispute

The Globe and Mail  JAMES BRADSHAW  and  Unnati Gandhi   April 17, 2008 Former mayor David Crombie has agreed to step in and mediate stalled talks over the fate of 39 school swimming pools, 23 of which public school board trustees pushed to the brink of closing last night. The involvement of the "tiny, perfect mayor" was part of a surprise motion by Toronto Distr... »

“Kids need to swim” – Minister

“Helping our kids learn to swim is an important part of the McGuinty government’s plan to ensure that students develop the skills they need to lead healthier, more active lives …..” (full press release below) Hon Sandra Pupatello (then Education Minister)  May 15, 2006 Ministry of Education More Than 30,000 Grade 3 Students To Learn Water Survival Skills  &n... »

Why a group of strangers took the plunge to save school pools

JAMES BRADSHAW Globe and Mail April 15, 2008With a report from James RuskThe struggle to save 39 of Toronto's public school pools hinges on a wide coalition that began to form when a single parents association put out word of the impending closings. Seven weeks ago, a group of strangers accepted an invitation posted in the Allenby Junior Public School association's newsletter to come and d... »

Students take pool fight to Queen’s Park

Tuesday, April 15, 2008  BRIAN GRAY, SUN MEDIA Parents and students are being urged to make a splash. A rally to save the pools in Toronto's public schools drew only a handful of concerned community members to Riverdale Collegiate last evening, but the real pressure is expected during a rally today at Queen's Park. Community members affected by the pool closures are being asked to fil... »

Letter to Wynne re pools

Please write Kathleen Wynne before Wednesday April 16th. Here is one letter we have received: Honourable Kathleen WynneMinistry of Education 900 Bay St, 22nd Floor, Mowat Block Toronto ON M7A 1L2  Fax : (416) 325-6348 Dear Honourable Kathleen Wynne,In this day of rampant childhood obesity and related escalating health problems, it is... »

Queens Park rally Tuesday

Queens Park Rally to Save School PoolsHost:    OFFICIAL PETITION TO STOP THE CLOSURE OF TORONTO SCHOOL POOLS facebook groupTuesday, April 15, 2008  10:00am – 3:00pmQueens Park (Media Gallery and Public Gallery)  Toronto, ON Effective June 2008, the Toronto District School Board will be closing 23pools. Additional pools have been identified to close effective June 200... »

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