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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Teachers wear black to protest increased class sizes

Hundreds of teachers across Windsor-Essex and Chatham-Kent are taking part in a silent protest of proposed changes to Ontario classrooms. The Progressive Conservative government last week announced plans to eliminate the cap on class sizes while reducing the province’s $29-billion education budget by one per cent. The teachers wasted little time protesting the plan, wearing […]

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Hamilton teachers union boss wonders if province’s goal is an educational environment or crowd control

The union representative for Hamilton’s public high school teachers says larger class sizes will not mean better education for students. Ontario Secondary School Teachers Federation (OSSTF) Local 21 President Dan Staples predicts the provincial government’s decision to increase average class sizes from 22-to-28 will be “very problematic.” He believes it will result in “upwards of […]

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Province has ‘declared war on Ontario’s public education system’: Teachers’ union

The Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation (OSSTF) says with sweeping changes to the education system announced Friday, the province has “declared war on Ontario’s public education system.” “OSSTF/FEESO’s response in defence of that system will be commensurate,” the union representing English public high school teachers said in a press release. Among the changes announced March […]

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