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Countdown to June 13th: Which side are you on?

Countdown to June 13th: Which side are you on?

news item: WHERE TO CUT School Board BUDGET?    How About “Just Say NO!” “After making around $50 million in cuts in April, primarily by chopping 134 FTE School Office Staff (around 200 members) and all 430 FTE Regular Program Educational Assistants, the Trustees have decided to go to their communities and speak to the ‘parents’ on what else should be gutted to bring the budget down an addit... »

Board will front Government austerity damage

Board will front Government austerity damage

TDSB announcing that it will begin Consulting Community on 2012/2013 Budget -Trustees will be holding ward forums on the 2012/2013 budget in the coming weeks. In order for the Board to comply with Ontario’s Education Act school trustees, states a Monday release from the TDSB, “must hold ward forums to hear from their communities about the recommendations that are being considered to pa... »

..News release _ Monday, February 20th TORONTO  February 20, 2012  –   Seasoned community activist and leading by-election candidate for school trustee in Ward 17, Mary Hynes, plans to spend Family Day nearby her school talking to fellow parents. “Our schools are the custodians of our kids.  With all this economic turmoil, surely now is the time to protect them!,” said Hynes from her home in... »

Beware school boards bearing gifts

Beware school boards bearing gifts

.. A round of nine public “pupil accommodation” meetings, held in rapid succession this fall announced the arrival of 10 Elementary Alternative Learning Opportunity (EALO) schools.  At most of the meetings, Toronto’s school board staff outnumbered any parents and community members who came.  Interestingly, in every meeting, the same explanation was given for why each site had bee... »

Regent Park – Duke of York PS to be sold

Regent Park – Duke of York PS to be sold

The Regent Park staff recommendation  to close Regent Park/Duke of York PS  was passed without discussion by the TDSB board of trustees Wednesday, Nov 16th. Despite deputations from the Regent Park community and much effort to keep this school open the property has been placed on the surplus list and sent to the Toronto Lands Corporation* for disposal. *The Toronto Lands Corporation was “cre... »

school population rise but schools close

school population rise but schools close

At a final public meeting in Ward 14 the TDSB’s staff response to the Pupil Accommodation Review Committee’s recommendations was made known.  Regent Park/Duke of York Jr. P.S. is to be closed and made surplus.  It will go to a Planning and Priorities Committee meeting on Nov. 9th.   Then on to the Board for final approval on Nov. 16th. The school sits on a very valuable 3.5 acre piece ... »

School closures update

School closures update

  A Save our Schools Commentary As a city with continued anticipated growth over this decade Toronto will need all its existing elementary and secondary schools by the end of the decade. The school closings slowed in 2010.  School trustees at the public board openly stated that Accommodation Review Committee activity had been deliberately stalled until after the Oct. 6th provincial election. In 20... »

EXPLORING SCHOOLS AS COMMUNITY HUBS

EXPLORING SCHOOLS AS COMMUNITY HUBS

Investigating application of the community hub model in context of the closure of Athabasca School, Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada and other small schools Executive Summary The purpose of this report is to research the concept and model of community hubs, specifically schools that have become community hubs, and to investigate the hub model as an alternative to the closure of Athabasca School, a nei... »

school enrolment rising in TO

school enrolment rising in TO

    After a dramatic drop of more than 20,000 students over the past decade, Toronto public school board enrolment is picking up and expected grow by almost 40,000 by 2035. If the enrolment projections prove accurate, by that time the board will technically have enough students to fill all of its current elementary schools. “I think there’s a sense now of finally, we’ve hit the bottom and that cur... »

public system private money

public system private money

Fees, Fundraising and Equity in Education Recently, Social Planning Toronto released a much anticipated report at the University of Toronto which points out that school fees and fundraising activities create unequal opportunities for students in schools and between schools, and make our public school system less inclusive and accessible. “With a fundraising element, the public school system become... »

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