Ontario-wide student walkout planned for Thursday

Students across Ontario are set to walk out of public schools Thursday afternoon to protest cuts to education. The protest comes after Education Minister Lisa Thompson announced a slew of changes to her ministry’s portfolio, including a revamped health and physical education curriculum, a classroom cellphone ban and an increase in high school class sizes. […]

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Teacher layoffs loom

More than 135 local teachers could lose their jobs under the province’s plan to increase secondary school class sizes. Larger class sizes and mandatory online courses for high school students are among the many education changes announced by the Ontario government. The average class size for high schools will increase to 28 from 22 starting […]

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Students are pawns in province’s game of educational chess

The recent Ford government education policy announcement, concerning major changes in class size and mandatory online credits for high school students, has me reminiscing about a series of popular SNL episodes that ran from the mid-’70s to early ’80s. The comedy series featured Mr. Bill, a clay figurine clown, his dog Spot, Mr. Hands (a […]

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School boards react to upcoming changes from Ford government

The heads of the Sault and Algoma region’s two English language school boards have offered their responses to the provincial government’s upcoming changes to classroom sizes and how some courses will be taught within the classroom. In a list of changes announced March 15, the government stated there will be class size increases, up from […]

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Ontario teachers’ union says increased class sizes could result in thousands of lost jobs, vows to fight the changes

The Ontario government’s plan to increase high-school class sizes will result in the loss of thousands of education positions, says the head of the secondary school teachers’ union which has vowed to fight the changes. Speaking at a press conference on Thursday, Harvey Bischof, the president of the Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation, said public […]

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Ontario trades announcement ‘righting a generational wrong’ in schools: PCA

The new Education that Works for You vision released by Ontario Minister of Education Lisa Thompson recently includes increasing student and parent exposure to skilled trades and promoting the trades through education. “Ontario students have experienced significant success through Specialist High Skills Majors and Dual Credit programs which have provided opportunities for students to experience […]

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