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Doug Ford provides students with a teachable moment

Students across Ontario staged a walkout on Thursday to protest teacher cuts and larger class sizes proposed by Premier Doug Ford, who is giving young people a lesson in how Ontario’s “Government for the People” is going to treat them, Martin Regg Cohn writes. Read full article >

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Province has ‘declared war on Ontario’s public education system’: Teachers’ union

The Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation (OSSTF) says with sweeping changes to the education system announced Friday, the province has “declared war on Ontario’s public education system.” “OSSTF/FEESO’s response in defence of that system will be commensurate,” the union representing English public high school teachers said in a press release. Among the changes announced March […]

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Teachers wear black to protest increased class sizes

Hundreds of teachers across Windsor-Essex and Chatham-Kent are taking part in a silent protest of proposed changes to Ontario classrooms. The Progressive Conservative government last week announced plans to eliminate the cap on class sizes while reducing the province’s $29-billion education budget by one per cent. The teachers wasted little time protesting the plan, wearing […]

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

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. The change prompted Harvey Bischof, head of the Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation, to predict “massive resistance” by […]

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Ontario to ban cellphones from classrooms

TORONTO – The Canadian Press has learned that Ontario is set to announce this week that cellphones will be banned in classrooms, starting in the next school year. Some schools already have similar policies, but the province will issue a directive to all public schools for the 2019-20 school year. It would prohibit cellphone use […]

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Some ‘snitch-line’ tips on teaching about same-sex marriage are flagged as alleged professional misconduct

The Ontario government has flagged some parent complaints about educators teaching same-sex marriage, sexting and masturbation as “allegations of professional misconduct.” It placed those complaints in the same category as complaints about teachers using racial slurs and making sexual advances toward students, according to records CBC News obtained through a freedom of information request. The 27 flagged […]

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Court dismisses charter challenge against Ontario sex-ed curriculum

TORONTO – An Ontario court has dismissed a legal challenge from elementary teachers and a civil liberties group over the province’s sex-ed curriculum. The challenge from the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario and the Canadian Civil Liberties Association argued that changes made by the Progressive Conservative government infringed teachers’ freedom of expression and put students […]

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After autism program overhauls, Ontario school boards ask province how they’ll manage without more support

Ontario school boards want more resources for students with severe disabilities after a significant change to the province’s autism program that they fear could bring children into classrooms full-time without proper supports. Families who have children in the program currently receive full funding for intensive therapy. The change, which comes into effect on April 1, […]

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Speaking Out: Catholic schools make me thankful

As I enter my last semester in Alberta’s publicly-funded Catholic schools, I am, more than ever, thankful for the Catholic education I have received. Amid the current lobbying for the schools’ funding to be taken away and our education minister advocating against Catholicity clauses in teacher contracts, my gratitude only grows. Academically, Catholic schools are […]

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Catholic school boards lobby for hiring regulation changes

Three northern Catholic school boards want the Ontario Catholic School Trustees’ Association to petition the provincial Ministry of Education to either repeal or amend a provincial hiring regulation, because the boards believe it’s impeding their ability to attract new teachers to northern Ontario. Education Act Ontario Regulation 274/12, filed in 2012, regulates how teachers are […]

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