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Severance payload

Severance payload

Dear Etobicoke Centre Residents, “I am writing to update you on the school yard severance issue and the proposed cuts to itinerant music instruction at the TDSB. School Yard Severance “As you may have seen in the media in November 2012, the TDSB is considering severing portions of school yards and selling them to raise funds to pay for new schools, additions and major renovations. The ... »

Schools “efficient” and convenient community hubs

Schools “efficient” and convenient community hubs

In the unlikely event that Crombie were ever to settle on just one cause, it might well be “community hubs” — using a single property to house the local school, daycare, swimming pool, community centre, health centre and library, as well as other city services. Places like Seattle have embraced that approach; Toronto, not so much, where instead various institutions tend to occupy their very own sl... »

Pop up clubs for life-long learning begs the  question: When do we RE-FUND education in the public interest?

Pop up clubs for life-long learning begs the question: When do we RE-FUND education in the public interest?

 * Toronto’s four  publicly funded school boards would be wise to re-examine the importance of their remaining facilities for hands-on “shop” and technical training,  if  recent research by Denise Balkissoon is to be believed.   This past weekend’s Globe & Mail reports that Toronto, already awash in pop-up shops (to the delight of consumers intent on retail therapy), is... »

Save our Community

Save our Community

  Chatsworth Drive is lined with lawn signs as are streets throughout the John Wanless Public School area. Check out the soswanless.com website  This community is up and ready to take on several levels of government to protect their community during what’s likely to be a tough fight ahead with boundary changes on the horizon.  Much may be learned from these parents and neighbourhood res... »

Weigh in on governance debate here:

Weigh in on governance debate here:

Errol Young, photographer, former school trustee, community activist and online education commentator  He represents community interests in the ongoing battles to keep public education public at a monthly assembly of groups and organizations which, for over a decade has run joint campaigns under the title of the  CAMPAIGN FOR PUBLIC EDUCATION. CPE's own 10 Point Program insists that parents, stude... »

small schools best -researchers

small schools best -researchers

For years, empirical studies have shown that urban centres like Toronto require small schools!  A recent review examined 57 post-1990 empirical studies of school size effects on a variety of student and organizational outcomes. The weight of evidence provided by this research clearly favors smaller schools.     ‘Students who traditionally struggle at school and students from disadvantaged so... »

playgrounds safe

playgrounds safe

TORONTO SCHOOL BOARD WILL NOT SELL see also: Toronto School Board right not to sell playgrounds: Salutin. The Toronto District School Board has voted down a proposal to raise money for capital projects by selling land at some Toronto schools to developers. The Board voted 15 to 7 against a plan that could have seen playgounds and athletic fields sold off to raise $100-million. The board needs the ... »

In School out of Schooltime

In School out of Schooltime

Tuesday, December 4th, 2012  1pm – 4pm SPT’s Research & Policy Forum  What’s happening with community programming in Toronto schools?  Find out and join the discussion! Featuring Guest Speakers:  Susan Fletcher, Chair of the SPACE Coalition, on the changes to community use of schools in Toronto and across Ontario  Miya Narushima, Associate Professor at Brock University, on her research w... »

If your 7 year old…

If your 7 year old…

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Ontario: far from debt crisis

Ontario: far from debt crisis

In the early 1990s, CTV broadcaster Eric Malling told Canadians the sad tale of a baby hippo shot by authorities at a New Zealand zoo. Sad, but apparently necessary, Malling suggested in a special broadcast from down under. After all, New Zealand had big deficits, so there was no money to expand the hippo pen. What was a country to do but blow the newborn hippo away? Malling’s cautionary tale, whi... »

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