« Older Entries |

Ontario wants to pool public sector benefits, potentially saving millions

Wednesday, October 9th, 2019

… some pooling exists now, but the new plan would end the current patchwork system. The new system is being targeted at the health care sector, as well as colleges and universities… The move is part of the government’s focus on public sector compensation, which represents $72 billion, about one half of government spending.

Tags: , ,
Posted in Governance Delivery System | No Comments »


Strike-averting deal with Ontario education workers includes $20M to bring back laid off support staff

Monday, October 7th, 2019

The provincial government will spend $20 million a year to ensure support staff who were laid off last month return to Ontario schools — and remain there for the next three years — and another $58 million annually to help create more support for special education students… educational assistants, early childhood educators, custodians and office staff — also retained all sick day benefits…

Tags: , , , ,
Posted in Education Delivery System | No Comments »


New sex-ed curriculum builds on previous Liberal version

Thursday, August 22nd, 2019

The new curriculum modernizes and builds on the one introduced by the Liberals in 2015 and even retains much of the material that originally caused all the controversy. That should allay concerns among educators that social conservatives were going to force changes that could put students — especially LGBT youth — at risk.

Tags: , , ,
Posted in Education Policy Context | No Comments »


Ford government to cap pay raises for public servants in bid to control spending

Wednesday, June 5th, 2019

TheStar.com – Politics June 5, 2019.   By Robert Benzie, Rob Ferguson, Kristin Rushowy, Queen’s Park Bureau In a bid to rein in spending, Premier Doug Ford is threatening to impose a cap on pay hikes for 1 million public servants. Ford’s Progressive Conservatives on Wednesday tabled legislation that would limit annual wage increases to 1 per cent when […]

Tags: , , , ,
Posted in Governance Debates | No Comments »


Autism layoffs ‘premature,’ says Community and Social Services Minister Lisa MacLeod

Wednesday, March 27th, 2019

Her ministry will hold consultations through the summer to determine how to move forward on more needs-based funding… Taylor accused the Ford government’s plan of putting families “in crisis, and we have a complete disaster of an autism program right now in the province because the minister failed to communicate before she put the policy in place.”

Tags: , , , , ,
Posted in Child & Family Delivery System | No Comments »


Mandatory e-learning announced by Ford government comes under fire from NDP

Tuesday, March 26th, 2019

“this is not about 21st century learning, this is not about technology; this is about making students take courses online that are now mandatory… This is about removing 10,000 teachers from our classrooms.”… student leaders have already asked the province to back off on making such credits necessary for graduation.

Tags: , , ,
Posted in Education Policy Context | 1 Comment »


Mandatory online courses in Ontario high schools raise concerns for educators

Sunday, March 24th, 2019

In a massive shift to digital coursework, Ontario will soon require high school students to earn four online credits before they graduate — a first in North America. But with few details about the move, which begins in 2020-21, critics are questioning the rapid push to so much virtual learning so soon… “Although e-learning classes provide a modernized learning experience for students, these courses are not a good fit for everyone,”

Tags: , ,
Posted in Education Policy Context | No Comments »


Ford government announces hikes to high school class sizes, but no changes to kindergarten

Friday, March 15th, 2019

The Ford government is boosting class sizes starting in Grade 4 through to Grade 12 while promising no layoffs — though teacher unions expect about 4,500 positions will be eliminated each year over the next four years… Education Minister Lisa Thompson… unveiled a number of education reforms… including a back-to-basics math curriculum, tweaking of the sex-ed curriculum, and a plan to have each high school student take one online credit each year. Class sizes will remain the same from kindergarten to Grade 3, and from Grades 4-8 will increase by one student.

Tags: , ,
Posted in Education Delivery System | No Comments »


Ford government to boost school funding to deal with influx of students with autism

Tuesday, March 12th, 2019

… school boards had been writing to Thompson, as well as Community and Social Services Minister Lisa MacLeod, with their concerns about how the controversial autism overhaul could create an unsustainable burden on schools as of April 1, when the new program takes effect. A large protest last week drew hundreds of families to Queen’s Park… “This funding will allow school boards to make sure there are proper supports available during the transition from therapy to school.”

Tags: , , , , , , ,
Posted in Education Debates | No Comments »


Ford government to boost school funding by $12,300 for every child with autism who enters the system

Monday, March 11th, 2019

“These supports will start, absolutely, immediately… We are making changes to school board funding so supports will be in place for this school year.” The government has come under considerable criticism from parents and school boards for the changes, which will see limited lifetime budgets for children with autism, which has led boards to anticipate an influx of students into the system when they lose their current level of therapy… Thompson said by 2021 all teachers in the public system will have training in autism spectrum disorder.

Tags: , , , , , , ,
Posted in Education Policy Context | No Comments »


« Older Entries |