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School community workers hired

12 more community support workers will serve at-risk Toronto students and parentsToronto Star Feb 29, 2008 Kristin Rushowy They arrange hearing and vision appointments for children, get parents involved in school and make connections with the community. Community support workers – called "invaluable" by one trustee – got a boost yesterday when the Toronto District School Boar... »

Refuse to balance the budget!

A letter from Tim McCaskell  to school trustee, Maria Rodrigues   cc: kwynne.mpp@liberal.ola.org I am writing to you to express my distress that the TDSB is considering cutting Educational Assistants at this point in time. In light of the Falconer report, I can hardly believe this is being considered. Ten years down the line will we be scratching our heads as more of our kids blow e... »

Petition for Safe and Equitable Schools

Support Safe and Equitable Schools by signing the following petition to: Gerry Connelly, Director of Education, and the Trustees of the Toronto District School Board    To sign go to: http://www.thepetitionsite.com/1/safety-and-equity-now Dear TDSB Trustee/Director, The Centre for Urban Schooling (CUS) at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education is very interested in building suppo... »

No survey on Homophobia

Catholic School Board Refuses to Conduct Survey on 'Homophobia'By Hilary White  2/22/2008   LifeSiteNewsStudents are asked, "How many teachers or other staff members in your school are openly lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender?" TORONTO (LifeSiteNews) – The Toronto District Catholic School Board has declined to participate in a school survey to probe stude... »

Community forum on Falconer

 The Urban Alliance on Race Relations presentsA Forum on School Safety and Equity: Community Responses to the Falconer ReportOn January 11, 2008, the Toronto District School Board (TDSB) released the Final Report on School Safety from the School Community Safety Advisory Panel following the death of Jordan Manners. In the report are over 100 recommendations on school safety. What about you? G... »

Hall monitor profile

HIGH SCHOOL SAFETYSchool hall monitors keep the peaceFeb 17, 2008  Louise Brown, TORONTO STAR See a video of hall monitor, Dave Bradley, during his rounds at Earl Haig Secondary School. Julian Falconer called for more monitors in his report on school safety last month.. Use this link:  http://www.thestar.com/article/304334One morning in Toronto's biggest high school, during the three... »

School gender studies

Harassment reports renew call for high school women's course Gender studies would help female students deal with inappropriate sexual behaviour, activists sayToronto Star   Feb 15, 2008 Louise Brown Alarming new reports of sexual harassment in Toronto high schools show the need for Queen's Park to create a women's studies course without delay, says a group of university ... »

160 new school librarians

The Canadian Press  February 15, 2008 at 5:31 AM EST The province is kicking in $40-million over four years so elementary schools across Ontario can hire 160 new librarians, Premier Dalton McGuinty announced yesterday.   Mr. McGuinty said it's important to make sure students develop solid reading skills early on so they can reach their full potential. "It's one more thi... »

Tax cuts reduce services

Toronto Star Feb 13, 2008   re: What's so scary about the right?   Comment, Feb. 12 I'll tell Tony Gizzie what's so scary about the right. Its policies don't work in the long run and it uses poisonous tactics to dupe a gullible public into supporting them. Gizzie asks, "Since when are fiscal responsibility, lower taxes and less government in our lives bad t... »

Math skills

1.  New secondary grads trail in math courses    ELIZABETH CHURCH Globe and Mail   February 13, 2008 A large percentage of Ontario high-school students arriving at community college do not have the math skills they need to succeed in technology and business programs, new research shows. A study of the performance of more than 10,000 students enrolled in first-semester... »

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