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The Great School Rip Off

The Great School Rip Off Ontario has stepped up the pressure on the Toronto District School Board to close and sell more schools.   In the ninth of thirteen directives handed down by the Ministry on January 15th 2015, the province flexed its majority muscle, ordering the TDSB to submit a 3 year capital plan, prepare a list of schools for the chop and get on with it.  Further, the province will lik... »

The schools under review

The schools under review

 1) Conduct the following Pupil Accommodation Review Committees (ARCs) over the next three years.   Cluster reviews in 2014-15 involving:  Nelson Boylen CI, Downsview SS and Weston CI;  Sir Robert Borden BTI, West Hill CI and Sir Wilfrid Laurier CI;  Danforth Collegiate and Technical Institute, East York Alternative Secondary School, East York CI, Eastdale CI, Eastern Commerce CI, Greenwood Sec... »

Pause School Closures

Pause School Closures

 City Councillors and TDSB Trustees stand together to insist that Province puts a pause on school closures in mid-day press conference at Toronto City Hall today. »

School Closures Affect The TDSB’s Most Vulnerable Students

Last week, the TDSB released a list of the 60 schools that have already been identified for closure or reorganization. 48 of these 60 are elementary schools. At this point, the Elementary Teachers of Toronto (ETT) has determined that these schools are the most likely to be targeted for closure. Looking closely at these schools, we have found that the majority are projected to see enrolment increas... »

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TDSB enrolment figures excludes adult programs, community groups

With 130 “underutilized” Toronto schools on a list for possible closure, critics say the province’s method for determining whether they are at capacity fails to capture the reality in many of the city’s schools. In response to a demand by the province to address declining enrolment, the Toronto District School Board released a list Wednesday of 130 schools that are operating at below 65-per-cent c... »

Planners pummel provincial proposal

Planners pummel provincial proposal

Municipal planners are warning that proposed changes to how Ontario closes schools — overlooking their community value — fly in the face of what cities are told to create vibrant neighbourhoods. The “significant concerns” raised by the Regional Planning Commissioners of Ontario, voiced in a letter to the province, add more fuel to the growing fire over proposed new rules to... »

Province won’t consult boards on school-closure rule changes

The Ministry of Education won’t be giving individual school boards a say on new guidelines that will allow school-closure studies to be done more quickly and with less citizen input. Spokesperson Gary Wheeler said the ministry has already “conducted comprehensive consultations with many of our education partners” on the news rules, which cut the existing seven-month minimum for closure reviews to ... »

Public input essential

“The proposed changes to the Pupil Accommodation Review Guidelines are … dismissive of the people and communities the Ministry of Education, and the Government of Ontario at large, has been elected to serve.”    A letter to: Premier of Ontario, Hon. Kathleen Wynne & Minister of Education, Hon. Liz Sandals November 18, 2014  –Reanda Doornink, Near North District School B... »

Why Sell Public Assets When You can Rent Them?   

 Janet Bojti, public education activist and school sales researcher reports:     The average school site will sell for a price in the neighbourhood of five to six million dollars.  However, long before selling publicly owned school land was all the rage, school boards rented the property when the schools they once housed were no longer viable.  If there were no longer enough children in a neighbou... »

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