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Rich schools get richer thanks to private cash

Monday, February 28th, 2011

February 28, 2011
Two public and two Catholic high schools in Greater Toronto are bringing in more than a million dollars a year through student fees, private revenue and fundraising, with dozens more each taking in at least half a million dollars. By contrast, other similar-sized schools report a fraction of that — one just $283,000 — raising questions about equity in the public education system. There is an equally great divide for the region’s elementary schools.

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Half of Ontario kindergarten kids in full-day by 2012

Thursday, October 7th, 2010

October 6, 2010
Almost half of Ontario kindergarten students will be in a full-day program by the fall of 2012, say ministry documents… just three years into the new program and a jump from 20 per cent in 2011-12… Next year, with another 200 schools added, the cost will be $300 million… given the surge in enrolment and the fact that 2012 is the first time boards can get money for additions and renovations to create extra space.

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School role as community hub threatened by new zoning, trustees argue

Monday, May 31st, 2010

May 31, 2010
… as school boards themselves shutter buildings at a rate not seen in a decade, with little city input, they may be closing off the chance to offer a range of services like recreational programs, seniors’ centres or even medical and dental offices in the spare space, says a report to be released Monday by advocacy group People for Education.

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Hire more special ed teachers, Ontarians say

Friday, April 23rd, 2010

April 22, 2010
An annual survey, done by the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) at the University of Toronto, says while something like early childhood education is “broadly supported, it is viewed as less likely to improve elementary-level student achievement than an increase in the number of special education teachers or lower class size.”

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