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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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Education budget cuts catch Ontario school boards by surprise

The rumours have been swirling through the halls of the Toronto Catholic District School Board that a more lean fiscal future will be the new reality, and a late Friday afternoon e-mail from the provincial government Dec. 14 did nothing to allay those fears. That’s when the Ministry of Education notified school boards across the […]

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Los Angeles teachers are ready for first strike in 30 years

Teachers in Los Angeles, whose 640,000 students make it the nation’s second-largest school district, are ready to strike Thursday over a contract dispute that follows teacher walkouts in other states that emboldened organized labor after a critical defeat at the U.S. Supreme Court. United Teachers Los Angeles said its 35,000 members would walk off the […]

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Marijuana a growing safety concern on the ride, Perth students hear

Drivers impaired by cannabis are a growing threat on Canada’s roads. Martin Savoie, a school field representative from Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) Canada, told a gymnasium full of high school students that, as we enter the holiday season and its accompanying RIDE programs on local roads, he has noticed a trend over the last […]

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Local school boards fear rising student transportation costs

In a joint press release to the media, the UCDSB and their co-terminus English Language Catholic counterpart, the Catholic District School Board of Eastern Ontario (CDSBEO) state that both school boards saw a deficit in their 2017-2018 budgets as a result of rising rural busing costs. “The CDSBEO has posted its year-end financial statements that […]

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Cornwall teacher gets spot in NYC Marathon with help from her ‘kids’

A Cornwall teacher is running in the New York Marathon this weekend and said she has her cross-country running team to thank. “We have practice three times a week and we would all run together,” said St. Joseph’s Catholic Secondary School teacher Lynn McCuaig. “Well, we would start together because a lot of them are […]

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