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Auditor General calls for independent review of schools funding formula:

Auditor General calls for independent review of schools funding formula:

On December 6th in Toronto, Auditor General Bonnie Lysyk released her 2017 Annual Report. The report includes 14 different audits that focus on provincial government spending. Two audits in particular are relevant to Ontario school boards and public education: Ministry Funding and Oversight of School Boards In the 2016/17 school year, the Ministry and municipalities combined provided school boards... »

Horwath’s promise

Horwath’s promise

According to her official facebook page release Andrea Horwath stopped short of calling for a province-wide “standard of good repair” or the elimination of a $15.9 billion backlog in Ontario’s school repairs.  The NDP leader’s page reports that she committed to (the significantly less-ambitious promise) to make Education Development Charges available to Toronto’s public school board. Her fac... »

Fund the repair of Ontario’s crumbling schools

Fund the repair of Ontario’s crumbling schools

Submissions to the Ministry of Education on what we need to see in the 2018 Grants for Student Needs (GSNs) have been coming in from across the province. Here is CPE’s submission. Based on the Ministry’s own figures, senior economist Hugh Mackenzie, in his new report, Ontario’s Deteriorating Schools; The Fix is Not In, concludes that $1.6 billion of additional funding will be nee... »

Ending cops-in-schools right thing to do

Ending cops-in-schools right thing to do

The Toronto District School Board’s decision to opt out of the School Resource Officer program has been interpreted by some as anti-police. That is completely false, writes board chair Robin Pilkey.   The Toronto District School Board’s recent decision to end the School Resource Officer (SRO) program has prompted some concerns and questions. As chair of the board I want to address some of those th... »

Liberals sidestep $15.9 billion repair backlog

Liberals sidestep $15.9 billion repair backlog

 Directly following our Tuesday press conference Ontario’s Premier was questioned:   NDP’s Andrea Horwath: My question is for the Premier. Schools in Ontario need $15.9 billion worth of repairs just to get them to decent standards for our children. That’s a very big number, with very big consequences. In the summer, that number means kids are in the classrooms sweating in their seats b... »

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 ... »

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