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Staff moves expeditiously: TDSB This Week

Staff moves expeditiously: TDSB This Week

  In less than 48 hours after a volatile  April 13th board of trustee’s meeting, Toronto District School Board staff had positioned a committee of the board to expedite the Director’s much-debated “Schools of Choice” agenda. In this exclusive commentary to CPE one longtime delegate to our monthly CPE assembly of organizations, Katie McGovern, reports: My TDSB package a... »

Schools to be “reviewed” in Rexdale very soon

Schools to be “reviewed” in Rexdale very soon

A “PARC” for Rexdale in Etobicoke North Parents report that Ward 2 Trustee Chris Glover pulled a motion to approve the Rexdale parents’ proposal for an expanded, elected Pupil Accommodation Review Committee from the TDSB agenda at lthe April 13th Board meeting. According to reports by parents, Trustee Glover had agreed to put the Rexdale parents’ motion forward at the April... »

TDSB moving to US-style choice?

TDSB moving to US-style choice?

ref:  Board Services Agenda Record Program and School Services Committee March 30, 2011 Agenda Item 8. FEASIBILITY STUDY FOR ELEMENTARY PROGRAMS OF CHOICE TO  Programs and School Services Committee  30 March 2011 RECOMMENDATION  IT IS RECOMMENDED: 1. That Programs of Choice be approved to open September 2011 in the following schools: A. Boys? Leadership Academy (Grades 4-8) ? Calico Public School,... »

“Province driving school closures”

“Province driving school closures”

Get ready, “school closings are coming to a neighbourhood near you”, said Janet Bojti, a respected adult learning instructor, neighbourhood organizer and member of CPE’s Save Our School’s committee, in an interview on CKLN 88.1 FM’s “Word of Mouth” last night.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-p_WbQrL44g&feature=player_embedded Some of the city’s most d... »

Taxes for better education

Taxes for better education

“An increased willingness among the majority to pay more taxes for education”, says a study on public attitudes toward education in Ontario* Excerpts: Public views of Ontario schools have markedly improved since the years of discord in the late 1990s and early years of the 21st century. Educational Finance Support for increased funding of all levels of education remains strong across a... »

An alternative budget

An alternative budget

It’s a budget that could give Finance Minister Jim Flaherty nightmares, but a left-leaning think tank says it’s one that would serve the country well coming out of recession.   The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives is unveiling its annual “alternative federal budget” in Ottawa on Tuesday, a 38-page document that shows what fiscal policy may look like if Canada were governed from ... »

TO-Centre schools could close

TO-Centre schools could close

School closing review dates* have been posted by the school board  (tdsb.on.ca )   Mark your calendars, forward widely and sharpen your pencils: there are schools to save in one of the city’s most vulnerable commiunities! There are nine schools which are up for “review”.  Together they serve the poorest neighbourhoods in downtown Toronto. And each of the neighbourhoods they serve... »

Disappointing board response to democracy

Disappointing board response to democracy

Toronto March 10th Parents and community members from Northwest Toronto are discouraged and disappointed at the treatment their proposal for the democratization of the Rexdale ARC received at the hands of school board trustees in the Board meeting of March 9th.  Their proposal, delivered to a trustee committee last week was incorporated into Mr. Daryl Sage’s Review of the ARC process in such... »

Rich schools get richer thanks to private cash

Rich schools get richer thanks to private cash

Two public and two Catholic high schools in Greater Toronto are bringing in more than a million dollars a year through student fees, private revenue and fundraising, with dozens more each taking in at least half a million dollars. By contrast, other similar-sized schools report a fraction of that – one just $283,000 – raising questions about equity in the public education system. There... »

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