OECTA NEWS RELEASE: More education cuts hurting Ontario’s most vulnerable students

TORONTO – The Ontario English Catholic Teachers’ Association (OECTA) is extremely alarmed by a government memo to school boards, recommending that boards stop hiring teachers and other staff, including hiring needed to fill vacancies for retirements and leaves, pending further announcements on education funding. “The memo uses vague language like ‘prudence in hiring,’” says Liz […]

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Teachers free to use own judgment for sex ed, Ontario court rules as it dismisses legal challenge of curriculum

An Ontario court has dismissed a legal challenge of the government’s interim sex-education curriculum from the province’s elementary school teachers and a civil liberties group, saying educators are not restricted in developing lesson plans and can teach in a way that is inclusive of all students. The Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO) and the […]

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Rising teacher absenteeism spurs Ontario school boards to hire non-certified replacements

An increase in teacher absenteeism and a shortage of supply teachers in Ontario has forced several school districts to take an unusual approach to filling the gap: They’ve hired non-certified emergency replacements to supervise classrooms. School boards say the staffing issues come as university training programs in the province were extended to two years from […]

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Ontario’s education minister Lisa Thompson defends $140K EQAO job for failed Tory candidate

TORONTO – Ontario’s education minister is defending the $140,000 salary for a failed Tory candidate to lead a standardized testing organization – a job that was previously a part-time appointment. Cameron Montgomery was announced recently as the new full-time chair of the board of directors of the Education Quality and Accountability Office, a position that had previously […]

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What to expect from Doug Ford’s government as legislature resumes

Premier Doug Ford and his Progressive Conservative government will push ahead with their legislative agenda and prepare for their first budget, as Queen’s Park resumes sitting on Tuesday. MPPs are returning to the Legislature following their winter break. While this gives the PCs the chance to bring in new bills, it also gives the opposition parties the chance to challenge […]

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Bracing for impact: A four-per-cent cut would trim $1 billion from Ontario’s education budget

Like many, the president of the Ontario English Catholic Teachers’ Association(OECTA) has kept abreast of the consultations with the unsettling feeling that most of the big decisions have already been made. And all indicators point to the education sector being in line for a great shock when the Progressive Conservative government begins making cuts.  “The government’s […]

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Trudeau concerned about possible education cuts by Ford government

Justin Trudeau says he’s not just concerned about possible cuts Premier Doug Ford could make to Ontario‘s education system as Canada’s prime minister — he’s also concerned as a father with children in the province’s schools. Trudeau made the comments during a wide-ranging town hall meeting Thursday night at a Milton, Ont., high school. The prime […]

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