People for Education: Competing Priorities: 2017 annual report on Ontario education

June 5, 2017 at 10:40 am Leave a comment

From their June 5th news release: “People for Education’s 2017 Report on Ontario’s Publicly Funded Schools reveals ongoing challenges in a number of areas, including demands created by competing and overlapping provincial initiatives, ongoing regional inequities, and growing gaps in schools’ fundraising.”

From a school library perspective (me: kind of sad when all the research supports greater student success in schools with full time qualified TLs)

  • “Only 52% of elementary schools have a teacher-librarian, either full- or part-time – a decline from 60% in 2008, and 80% in 1998.
  • 68% of secondary schools have teacher-librarians – a decline from 76% in 2008.”

“People for Education recommended that the province:

  1. substantially revise the funding formula so that it provides equitable support and opportunities for all students, no matter where they live.
  2. undertake a review to evaluate and rationalize the plethora of overlapping programs, and develop a coherent approach so that all initiatives share common language and common goals.
  3. divide the current Learning Opportunities Grant into two grants – one focused on student success, and one specifically focused on redistributive equity. The new “equity in education grant” should support resources, programs, opportunities and strategies that have been shown to mitigate the impact of socio-economic factors on students’ chances for success in school.
  4. establish a new set of relevant indicators of student success that are more congruent with the interests, needs, and motivation of Indigenous communities, and vital for students’ success in school and life.”

Read the full report here.


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