At risk schools

More accurate measure of hurdles students face ignores where they live and if they are immigrants Mar 17, 2009 Toronto Star LOUISE BROWN    The map of poverty across Toronto schools no longer counts apartments and immigrants. In a new way of measuring the socio-economic hurdles faced at different schools, the Toronto District School Board now takes a deeper look at family income and parent educati... »

Scarborough Parent Conference

Working Together for our Children’s Success April 25, 2009 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Scarborough Civic Centre TDSB building, 140 Borough Drive, Scarborough (at McCowan and Ellesmere) TTC accessible. Free parking in lot on west side of building. Child Care for children 5 to 10 years old available on site and limited. Please book early.   Our mission: Working together to support and inform parent... »

Board will cut

Education assistants and teacher-librarians bear brunt of city public schools deficit strategy Mar 12, 2009 Toronto Star LOUISE BROWN – In a bid to shrink a looming $23 million deficit, the Toronto District School Board has agreed to cut 36 teacher-librarian jobs, raise class size by one student in the poorest neighbourhoods and cut 150 education assistants, mostly in kindergarten. The moves... »

Board slashes 186 classroom jobs

The Toronto District School Board has agreed to cut 36 teacher-librarian and 150 education assistant positions in its bid to tackle a mammoth $23-million deficit next year.  The board’s trustees voted 10-9 in favour of the moves on Wednesday night despite concerns about the impact on young students.Marie Coulter, who has been an education assistant for two decades, told CBC News the early re... »

school reviews: updated

TDSB has been studying the future of  schools in every area of the city.  As a result a number of neighbourhood schools will be either rebuilt, refurbished, amalgamated or closed.    For news on completed reviews:  type “Previous ARC” into our SEARCH box.   Meetings in communities are held by an Accommodation Review Committee (ARC) or a Program Area Review Team (PART).   Here are the u... »

Schools no safer, Falconer says

Toronto board’s inaction due to lack of funding from province, he argues, year after scathing report January 10, 2009 IAIN MARLOW    Toronto schools are no safer one year after the release of a scathing report into school violence because the province has not provided enough money to implement its most crucial recommendations, says the report’s lead author, lawyer Julian Falconer. In a... »

Elementary teachers eye strike vote

Ontario’s largest teachers’ union says the province’s public elementary school teachers could be on strike by the end of March. Union spokesperson David Clegg is threatening a strike vote if “significant progress” isn’t made in contract talks with school boards by Feb. 13. Clegg says that could put the province’s 73,000 public school elementary teachers in... »

Split class upheaval

An Open Letter to the Minister of EducationDear Minister Wynne:On behalf of St. Agnes Catholic School with the Toronto Catholic District School Board, we wish to express our concern about proposed class configurations. In particular, we are disturbed about the impact the proposed split classes will have on program quality for our children as a result of the hard cap of 90% on primary class size.We... »

Class Size Reduction is a Fool’s Game

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE It’s almost two months into the school year; children have adjusted to their classroom, their teacher and the other students. They don’t have one split grade in the entire school; classes are slightly higher but parents, teachers and students are happy. Curriculum Night was held last week and the principal sent a letter home to all parents stating that: “Our staffing model th... »

Parents unaware of cuts to Educational Assistants

Ask Lindsay Moir:  Friday, October 17, 2008 Question: We have just gone through a rather strange series of events regarding our son who has cerebral palsy and attends our local Catholic elementary school. He has no academic issues, but significant physical needs and the board and the school have always been supportive and for the past two years he has a RNA-trained Educational Assistant who has be... »

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