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Ontario to look into school exclusions of children with autism

Thursday, March 14th, 2019

… families with children in many parts of the country who have intellectual and developmental disabilities are increasingly being asked to pick up children early, start their school day later or keep them home for an indefinite period because of behavioural issues… the Ontario Autism Coalition, which advocates for families, have been calling on the government to hold public discussions on possible legislation and policy changes surrounding exclusions of special-needs students with behavioural issues.

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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.

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Editors Canada releases new guidelines for the ethical editing of students’ work

Wednesday, March 6th, 2019

In January, Editors Canada released its updated guidelines for the ethical editing of student work, which address editing written work at all levels of higher education. The guidelines are available as a free download on the Editors Canada website… students want to find legitimate resources to help them improve. “Most of them turn to illegitimate sources of support because they have no other option”

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Ontario government’s Student Choice Initiative apparently suggested by free speech clubs

Monday, February 25th, 2019

The Ontario government’s Student Choice Initiative (SCI), which gives students the option to opt out of certain incidental fees, was apparently suggested to the government by free speech clubs around Ontario, the concept having circulated for years within campus conservative communities… the Campus Conservatives’ position is in support of the opt-out option, citing it as a move that lets “people say what they want their money going to,” and one that may increase transparency in student union spending.

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Ontario universities still don’t really want free speech on campus

Saturday, February 9th, 2019

The University (of Ottawa) prizes and protects freedom of inquiry and all forms of freedom of expression… Others actually subordinate freedom of speech to social goals and to considerations of imbalances of power… [They don’t] see the idea that free expression and the goals of diversity, equity, and inclusion can be at odds with one another.

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Removing caps on class sizes is a failure of both education and economics

Friday, January 25th, 2019

Research on the correlation between class size and student achievement… determined that children in classes with fewer than 20 students learn more, learn better and are less likely to fail… and that the investment required to maintain this ratio more than pays off in the reduction of remedial supports and student’s higher economic performance as adults… The educational case against the removal of caps is damning, but so too is the economic one.

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Ford government cuts student aid under cover of tuition cuts

Tuesday, January 22nd, 2019

The government has no plans to compensate universities and colleges for the $440 million they will lose once the reduced tuition fees take effect. They’re on their own to figure that out… Ontario colleges… receive about $2,000 less per student from the government than those in other provinces. And universities have among the lowest levels of per-student funding in the country, while revenues from tuition and operating grants combined have been flat since 2010.

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Reckless government announcement threatens education quality and students’ rights

Saturday, January 19th, 2019

… the announced changes mean that universities and colleges will struggle with less funding and students will be burdened with less financial assistance, more expensive loans, and higher debt. “These reckless changes will shrink university budgets, increase class sizes, encourage further tuition fee hikes for international students, and threaten both the accessibility and quality of postsecondary education in Ontario,”

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Ontario Tories rolling back Liberal-era student-aid reform

Friday, January 18th, 2019

Ontario is reversing unexpectedly costly student financing initiatives, cutting tuition and allowing students to opt out of campus fees as part of a package of changes to postsecondary education funding that drew criticism from students and universities… The loss of tuition revenue for the schools will not be covered by the government, and universities and colleges will need to adjust their budgets. Ms Fullerton said the changes might mean a budget gap of 2 per cent to 4 per cent at most schools.

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Ontario to cut tuition fees by 10 per cent

Wednesday, January 16th, 2019

The province is set to announce a 10 per cent cut in university and college tuition fees, according to government documents obtained by the Star… The proposed changes to the Tuition Fee Framework would remain in effect for the next two academic years. In the 2019-20 school year, tuition would drop by 10 per cent from current levels, and would remain frozen for the 2020-21 year.

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