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Board closes 80% of schools

Today, Oakville is at risk of losing a strong partner in our community, the local public schools.  Values, safety, community and outstanding academic achievement are the centrestone of South East Oakville (Ward 3) today. The Halton Distict School Board Trustees have voted to close and sell 80% of our public schools in South East Oakville. Linbrook, Chisholm, Brantwood and New Central would be sold... »

Elementary teachers expect parity.

Toronto Star  Sept 1, 2008  Louise Brown  EDUCATION REPORTER Why do Ontario high schools get more money than elementary schools? Are our children's first schoolteachers second-class citizens? The gap between funding for high schools versus grade schools – which the elementary teachers' union pegs at about $711 per student – could spark the first labour strife in ... »

Lifelline , off loading or Privatization

Aug 07, 2008 04:48 PM   Toronto Star  Kristin Rushowy    Star Education Reporter The Ontario government will provide $4 million to keep Toronto school pools afloat for one more year while the board, city and province work on a long-term funding model. David Crombie, who was asked by Toronto District School Board trustees to help find a solution, sent a letter board Chair J... »

Trustee accused of conflict in suit

Catholic school board member Oliver Carroll claims ratepayer's allegations 'absolutely untrue'Toronto Star  Louise Brown   EDUCATION REPORTER  July 8, 2008  Though they are largely stripped of power, Toronto Catholic school board trustees continue to face turmoil with a possible pay cut and a conflict-of-interest complaint filed against their former chair. Rate... »

“Caution” Trustees!, advises Minister

"It's a cautionary tale." – Hon Kathleen Wynne, Ontario Minister of Education, June 9, 2008"This is no time for fruitless recrimination, or divisive bickering.  Only selfless pursuit of the common good of the children can restore the trust that has been lost"   -Thomas Collins,  Archbishop of Toronto,   May 27, 2008 Toronto June 2008 R... »

Friday Phone Fun!

ONTARIO COALITION FOR BETTER CHILD CARE  June 12, 2008     Friday Phone Fun! Tell Jim Flaherty to make Kids a Priority: We Need a National Child Care Program Now! This Saturday June 14, hundreds of child care supporters will have a rally at Federal Finance Minister Jim Flaherty's office in Whitby. If you can, join us call our office at 416-538-0628 x 6. Friday Phone Fun ... »

Preparing the Grounds for Selling of Our Assets

Pools and Schools from "Mailing Highlights", Toronto Education Workers, Canadian Union of Public Employees local 4400 May/08It seems as if we have our own “created crisis” right here at the TDSB.Precious assets, like pools or schools located in communities (serving as a hub for strong neighbourhoods) are valued in word but not in dollar or deed.  We stand to lose 39 pool... »

Justify expenses

Justify expenses, big-spending trustees told.  Education minister calls Catholic board debacle a 'cautionary tale'Toronto Star – June 10, 2008  Kristin Rushowy and Kerry Gillespie Ontario's education minister has asked seven Ontario school boards with the highest-spending trustees – five in Greater Toronto – to justify those expenses by the end of the month.... »

Worst schools ‘to improve or close’

Press Assoc. London UK – Tuesday, June 10 08:05 am    Hundreds of failing schools face being closed down or replaced with more privately-backed academies under a £400 million drive to raise standards of education, it has been announced. Children's Secretary Ed Balls is doubling the cash available for the 638 secondary schools in England where more than 70% of teenage... »

Active students fit for better grades

TheStar.com Jun 09, 2008 Louise Brown New research shows higher test scores for students in Ontario's 33 'Living Schools'When a quarter-million Ontario school children were prepping for last week's province-wide tests in the "3 Rs," they may have overlooked a surprising study tool. The workout.New Ontario research shows schools that push fitness and nutrition have watched... »

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