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Liberals: $3 billion to save crumbling schools

Noted economist Hugh Mackenzie has revealed that $3 billion per year is needed to repair, maintain and rebuild Ontario’s schools. His comprehensive report shows that Ontario is faced with $15.9 billion of disrepair that has been allowed to accumulate in our schools over the last 20 years. $3 billion per year is over double current provincial funding levels for school renewal. However this problem ... »

Report: “gross underfunding”

As far back as 2002, a $5.6 billion repair backlog existed in Ontario’s publicly funded schools. Today, there is $15.9 billion of disrepair in the buildings where 2 million Ontario children spend their days. At Queens Park Media Studio 10am Tues, Nov 14 2017 economist Hugh Mackenzie will release his report entitled, “Ontario’s deteriorating schools – the fix is not in”. Details of the $15.9 billio... »

The racialization of poverty

The racialization of poverty

SCHOOLS ARE NOT POWERLESS TO ADDRESS RACIAL DISPARITIES   As schools learn more about poverty and race, they should be careful not to let that lead to a culture of fatalism SACHIN MAHARAJ  STAR TOUCH When Donna Quan resigned as director of the Toronto District School Board to become an adjunct professor at York University’s faculty of education, many viewed the new position as nothing more than a ... »

Schools grossly underfunded

Schools grossly underfunded

“The Ministry of Education needs $1.4 billion per year to maintain schools in a state of good repair. However, actual annual funding in the last five years has ranged from $150 million to $500 million.” – 2015 Auditor-General Report Take action, send a letter to your MPP. Fix our Schools! »

Question MPs on fixing our schools

Question MPs on fixing our schools

Ask your newly elected MP this question “Given that curling rinks and hockey arenas receive federal infrastructure money, how much will the government be prepared to invest in repairing and rebuilding Canadian public schools, a critical element of our country’s social infrastructure?”  Of course, if you have the opportunity to speak with your MP in person, let them know you view ... »

A Tale of 4 Schools

A Tale of 4 Schools

Watch this 8-minute documentary highlighting the disparity between public and private schools along Mount Pleasant Rd. While Jarvis CI kids play basketball without nets, Branksome Hall has two salt water pools, a yoga studio, and a a brand new 68,000 sq foot athletic facility... »

As teachers’ strikes loom over Ontario, the fight isn’t about salaries, though it is about the bottom line

As teachers’ strikes loom over Ontario, the fight isn’t about salaries, though it is about the bottom line

 It’s been over a week since public high school teachers in Durham went on strike, closing schools for 21,000 students, and no one seems to be able to explain why. “Perhaps someone (either side) can actually tell us why talks are not being held? There is such a lack of concrete information,” Trish Scovil Taylor, a parent, wrote on the Durham District School Board Facebook page. On that site and on... »

School Closures flyer: download here

School Closures flyer: download here

School Closures – 2015 04 22 – WEB »

“More delays for community hubs as Liberals force school closures”

“More delays for community hubs as Liberals force school closures”

The latest Government panel appointment “announcement won’t distract from the Liberals’ sorry record of failing to support community hubs – and won’t stop half-a-billion dollars in planned cuts to classrooms” states MPP Lisa Gretzky, the NDP’s new Education Critic. “As usual, the Liberals are saying one thing but doing the exact opposite. That’s why the new special advisor needs ... »

Flawed funding formula behind Toronto school board woes: study

The political drama that’s been unfolding at the Toronto District School Board (TDSB) over school closures and tight funding is totally avoidable, says the author of a new study from the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives’ Ontario office (CCPA-Ontario).- See more »

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