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poll on Afrocentric school

Toronto board holds to Afrocentric school JAMES BRADSHAW Globe and Mail  February 12, 2008 Overwhelming public opposition to plans for an Afrocentric alternative school will not deter the Toronto District School Board from pressing ahead with the project, according to board chair John Campbell. An Angus Reid poll released Saturday reported 79 per cent of respondents across Ontario oppose crea... »

Charter schools next?

That tricky Afrocentric thing by RICK SALUTIN   February 8, 2008   Rabble.ca What's wrong with a separate Afrocentric or "black-focused" school in a public system — as the Toronto board recently approved? Well, no one should be reduced to a category. I've learned this especially from black students. Those from the Caribbean say they never thought of them... »

Controversial plan

Community representatives say they're `united' on controversial planToronto Star  Feb 08, 2008  Louise Brown   Education Reporter A dozen groups have thrown their support behind an alternative Africentric school, stressing it would not be segregation, as Premier Dalton McGuinty has charged, but a way to "re-integrate" disengaged kids back into public schooling... »

Not segregation, advocates argue

Afrocentric schools not about segregation, advocates argue Globe & Mail   February 8, 2008    JAMES BRADSHAW    Teaching different students the same way will not make them equal, teachers and parents who led the charge to create an Afrocentric alternative school in Toronto said yesterday. Advocates including the original proposal's co-authors, Donna Harro... »

Education should reflect Canada’s diversity

The Toronto Sun Thursday, February 7, 2008 : Editorial/Opinion  BY SID RYAN Most of us will never have heard of Rose Fortune or David George. They were among the first Black Loyalists to arrive in Nova Scotia following the U.S. War of Independence, which had given them the opportunity to escape slavery. In 1775, Lord Dunmore, the Royal Governor of Virginia, was in desperate need of fresh troo... »

Invest in childcare

Online Federal Budget 2008 Consultations are happening now until February 11th. Tell the Federal Government why child care matters to you! In preparing its 2008 budget, the Federal Government has asked for help from the public to prioritize budgetary goals. The Child Care Advocacy Association of Canada encourages you to respond; this is an opportunity to tell the government about the priority you ... »

School pools on chopping block

Province refuses plea for cash from Toronto board, which may close most of its pools by fall Feb 06, 2008 Toronto Star   Kerry Gillespie The province has refused the Toronto school board's plea to fund its pools, so plans are underway to close most of them by September. To keep water in the pools – used for gym classes, swim lessons and team training – would require an ad... »

School use funding increased

The provincial government has announced that it will be investing $33 million in the Community Use of Schools program for the 2008-09 school year.  This funding will grow to $66 million over the next three years, including:     * $43 million to decrease rental rates and increase access after hours    * $17 million in annual funding to make after-hours access free... »

Provocative reaction condescending

McGuinty's big step backwardToronto Star Feb 05, 2008   Jim Coyle Premier Dalton McGuinty knows as well as anyone the price to be paid when politicians trade in contempt and invite discord. He was at Queen's Park during the Harris years. He saw it all. He saw the clashes on the legislature lawn during the province's shameful "whack 'em and stack 'em" era. He... »

Indigenous Education Network presents

The Indigenous Education Network, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto presents: Indian Residential Schools and the Truth Commission into Genocide in CanadaWed. Feb 6th, 7-9 p.m.OISE Auditorium252 Bloor St. W (St. George Station)Ontario Institute for Studies in Education/University of Toronto (OISE/UT)Free and open to the public Join us to hear Kevin Annett and residen... »

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