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EAs support special needs

 LETTER TO THE EDITORTheStar Mar 07, 2008 Re:Jobs of classroom helpers at risk  March 5 As an elementary teacher with the Toronto District School Board and a parent of children with special needs who have attended Toronto public schools, I am yet again appalled to hear that the board is debating further cuts to education assistants. The board says that none of the assistants who help spe... »

ESL boost

Board votes to boost number of ESL teachers The Globe & Mail  JILL MAHONEY March 7, 2008 Instead of cutting its budget through staff reductions, the Toronto District School Board opted to barely trim its work force of educational assistants while also boosting the number of English as a second language teachers. Trustees, who met Wednesday evening, also decided to phase out reading clinic... »

EAs stay

Education assistants to stay in classroom Board votes for no further cuts to ranksToronto Star Mar 07, 2008 Kristin Rushowy They work one-on-one with struggling students, assist teachers in the classroom and even give hugs when children need them. And the Toronto District School Board's education assistants will remain on the job after trustees voted early yesterday not to cut their ranks beyo... »

School reading clinics phased out

Mar 06, 2008 the Toronto Star Kristin Rushowy  Education Reporter Toronto trustees voted to end a cherished program that provides intensive help to 250 struggling readers each year. The vote late last night means that reading clinics, available in 32 schools, mostly in the old City of Toronto, will phased out in the next school year. The two-year program provides students in grades 2 to 6 wit... »

Globe on EA cuts

The Globe and Mail  March 5, 2008Board to consider move to cut educational assistants JILL MAHONEY  Print Edition – Section Front The Toronto District School Board will consider a proposal tonight to cut its work force of educational assistants by almost one-third. The option, contained in a staff report, would reduce the number of educational assistants to 477 for the 2008-09 scho... »

Toronto Star on EAs

Toronto Star March 5 2008  Kristin RushowyCutting 230 assistants would save board $10M; Toronto reading program could also be dropped The Toronto public school board will tonight discuss cutting 230 education assistants in a bid to save $10 million. Also on the chopping block are reading clinics, which serve about 250 students each year in Grades 2 to 6 – mostly in the old city of Toron... »

Special Ed Parents need EAs

March 3, 2008 Dear Trustees: The Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC) of the TDSB wishes to advise the Board of Trustees that we are concerned with the Board’s proposal to cut 282 Education Assistants (EAs) in the regular classrooms in the 2008/09 budget.  SEAC’s legislated responsibility is to make recommendations to the Board concerning matters that have an impact on the ... »

Letters to Trustees: Don’t cut EAs

Here is a small sampling of the many letters copied to CPE in this last week: From: Parthipan Kandavel    To: gary.crawford@tdsb.on.ca (School trustee, ward 18) I am writing with regards to my disapproval of the proposed cuts to Educational Assistants in our schools. I strongly feel this decision will have negative consequences, both short and long term, besides the obvious fact tha... »

Crucial first steps of early learning

Toronto Star Mar 03, 2008 Kristin Rushowy   It began 125 years ago in Toronto, a class of 80 students with one teacher – assisted by seven teachers in training. Since then, kindergarten has come to be regarded as crucial in children's development. So much so the provincial government has introduced a new curriculum, mandated smaller classes for the primary grades – capped at 2... »

Stand up to the Province

A letter to TDSB trustee Chris Bolton:Given the the recommendations of the Falconer report, and everything else we know about the value of Educational Assistants, I can't believe that the Board is considering cutting them. Over my 30 tears of teaching, they were an invaluable help to me. I attribute much of the success I had with helping needy children to succeed to the partnership I had with ... »

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