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 province that $25 million would be cut from the province-wide EPO (Education Programs-Other) grant that provides money for special education programming such as tutors and extra services for Indigenous and radicalized students. The fund will now provide $400 million to Ontario’s 72 school boards for the 2018-19 school year.

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