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Merge Ontario’s Catholic and public school systems: Poll

Wednesday, December 11th, 2019

A DART & Maru/Blue Voice Canada Poll conducted for the Toronto Sun finds that 71% support the idea of merging the Catholic and public school systems. “A strong majority of Ontario citizens have an appetite to merge both the Ontario public and Catholic school boards to create efficiencies and save money that can be put back into the classroom”… At this point, no party officially endorses the idea.

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Canadian high school students among top performers in reading, according to new international ranking

Tuesday, December 3rd, 2019

… we are in the … position where we can focus on the small improvements that will impact the struggling students, rather than having to focus on the majority of these students not even having basic literacy skills… Among the 79 countries that participated, five outperformed Canada in science. Meanwhile, nine outperformed Canada in math… governments and teacher-training programs have started focusing on the math skills of educators.

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Violence against Ontario elementary teachers shouldn’t be a contract issue — it’s too important

Sunday, December 1st, 2019

Over the last decade, it has become the norm to integrate students with complex special needs into regular classrooms. Some boards still offer small, separate classes with more individual help, but that’s not what most parents demand… Students who can’t manage in a regular classroom even with a full-time educational assistant should be given a different type of help…

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How academics can improve their quality of life

Friday, November 22nd, 2019

In this ever-widening climate of financial scarcity and job insecurity, it’s no wonder that early and mid-career researchers are working themselves to the bone just to have a fighting chance of staying in the game. Many scholars are giving up and walking away entirely – and that should worry us. Impoverishing research and education damages our societies and weakens our democracies.

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Province aims to boost foreign student numbers

Friday, November 15th, 2019

… the provincial government has designed a new policy for partnerships between publicly-funded colleges and private education providers… Such partnerships will bring investment to those colleges, allowing for such things as new equipment and infrastructure… Along with the economic advantage, the influx of international students brings cultural wealth to local colleges and their communities

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Laurentian relaunches tuition waiver program for former youth in care

Wednesday, October 30th, 2019

in January 2019, the current provincial government made widespread changes to the Ontario Student Assistance Program, favouring grants and loans and marking the end of free tuition for lower-income students, prompting Laurentian to re-launch the program… “… after age 18, the lives [of youth in care] are a huge challenge… In the end, as a government, you pay for it anyway. … You can’t stop caring about them after 18.”

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University performance-based funding is bound to fail

Thursday, October 24th, 2019

… there is a strong call for a significant proportion of performance to be based on narrow labour-market outcomes, commercialization and economic imperatives… the collection of system-wide data is not a bad idea on its own… However… it runs the real danger of skewing university programs and perverting the very objectives it sets out to measure through over-emphasis and, frankly, “gaming” of one sort or another.

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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…

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International education in Canada is booming — but the system is flawed. Here’s how to fix it

Sunday, September 29th, 2019

Part 1 of the Price of Admission series looks at how international students have increasingly been used as a key source of revenue to prop up an underfunded Canadian education system. Part 2 examines how one Ontario college scrambled to deal with a crisis on campus in the wake of a surge in international enrolment. Part 3 explores how international students, desperate to stay here permanently, are sometimes exploited by employers.

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Tribunal dismisses case of Grayson Kahn, boy with autism expelled from Guelph, Ont., school

Monday, September 9th, 2019

“… parents do not have the right to dictate the accommodations which their children will be provided with to access education… While parents have the right to provide input as part of the accommodation process – which Ms. Kahn did in this case – they must accept reasonable accommodations offered by the school board…

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