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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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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