Ford shouldn’t mess with success of full-day kindergarten program

In 2017, the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education released a study that gave Ontario’s full-day kindergarten program what amounted to a grade of A-plus. And for good reason. The study found the program, launched almost a decade ago by the then-Liberal government, was well worth the $1.5 billion-a-year investment for academic, social and economic […]

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Durham high school teachers set to hold rallies on Feb. 7

DURHAM — Durham high school teachers will be holding rallies outside local MPP offices on Feb. 7, to raise the alarm about possible education funding cuts. The Ontario government announced on Jan. 23 that it will consult with teacher unions and trustee associations, in an effort to “modernize” the way education is funded — including […]

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Ontario education minister defends consultations on class sizes

Ontario’s Education Minister is defending her government’s decision to consider ending class-size caps in kindergarten and primary grades, saying no decisions have been made. But many in the field of education are worried that it is the first sign of future cuts. Lisa Thompson said the province is embarking on consultations with a variety of […]

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Removing caps on class sizes is a failure of both education and economics

It’s hard not to be outraged by Ontario Education Minister Lisa Thompson’s recent announcement that her government is considering removing the caps on the class size of kindergarten and primary grades. Anyone who teaches or has children in a primary school understands the critical importance of the teacher-to-student ratio and many will contend that they […]

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Teacher supply goes from glut to scarcity in a few short years

Seana Schonfeldt-Taylor is getting a jumpstart on her teaching career before she’s even finished her bachelor of education program. The undergraduate at Laurentian University is in her final year of a concurrent education degree that she has combined with a bachelor’s in sociology. Since the start of September, Ms. Schonfeldt-Taylor has been called at least […]

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Catholic school boards lobby for hiring regulation changes

Three northern Catholic school boards want the Ontario Catholic School Trustees’ Association to petition the provincial Ministry of Education to either repeal or amend a provincial hiring regulation, because the boards believe it’s impeding their ability to attract new teachers to northern Ontario. Education Act Ontario Regulation 274/12, filed in 2012, regulates how teachers are […]

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Fraser school report card sheds light on education system

It’s that time of year when the province’s elementary schools get their own report card. The new Fraser Institute elementary school report card released Sunday shows parents how their local schools stack up academically, even if many in the education establishment disapprove of standardized testing in general, let alone using the data to allow school […]

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Education budget cuts catch Ontario school boards by surprise

The rumours have been swirling through the halls of the Toronto Catholic District School Board that a more lean fiscal future will be the new reality, and a late Friday afternoon e-mail from the provincial government Dec. 14 did nothing to allay those fears. That’s when the Ministry of Education notified school boards across the […]

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