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Media releases

OPSBA statement on The Better Schools and Student Outcomes Act

Our Association and local school boards must be properly consulted on the details of important changes to the public education system. We welcome the opportunity to work with the Ministry of Education on these changes as we play the most direct role in supporting student success within our local communities. Local governance, with students at the forefront, is a key part of our member boards’ ongoing success. The importance of maintaining the autonomy of democratically elected local trustees cannot be overstated.

Tentative agreement reached with CUPE

The Ontario Public School Boards’ Association (OPSBA) is pleased to announce that the Council of Trustees’/School Board Associations (CTA) and the provincial government have successfully negotiated a tentative settlement on central terms of a collective agreement with Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) education workers.

OPSBA statement regarding bargaining with CUPE

“It is extremely disappointing that we have not been able to reach a negotiated agreement at this time among CUPE, the Crown and the employer. As a result of the anticipated strike action, schools in many of our member boards will be forced to close to students for in-person instruction tomorrow, and for the duration of this strike action by CUPE members. Where schools are closed to in-person learning it is because they are unable to maintain the healthy and safe operation of schools for students without these critical education workers. We hope this disruption is short-lived and that we can get back to in-person learning as soon as possible.”

Cathy Abraham remains President of OPSBA

The Ontario Public School Boards’ Association (OPSBA) is pleased to announce that Cathy Abraham will continue in her current role after being acclaimed as President for the 2022-23 and 2023-24 school years. President Abraham has served as OPSBA President since June 2018 and was acclaimed at the Association’s 2022 Annual General Meeting on Friday, June 10, in Ottawa.

OPSBA statement regarding COVID-19 health and safety

As cases of COVID-19 continue to rise across Ontario, including in our public schools, we are strongly urging all students and staff to wear a face covering indoors when at school. We continue to look to public health officers for direction on this important issue, and relay to them our very strong concerns about the health and safety of our students and staff.

OPSBA welcomes federal-provincial child care agreement – good news for children and families

The Ontario Public School Boards’ Association (OPSBA) welcomes today’s announcement of a federal-provincial deal to provide Ontarians with $10-a-day child care, and 86,000 new spaces, by 2026.

OPSBA and its member boards have long advocated for high quality, affordable and accessible child care programs for children and their families. These programs are a necessity for millions of Ontarians and benefit a strong economy.

OPSBA statement regarding the OHRC Right to Read report

OPSBA is committed to advocating for each and every student to have the supports and services that enable them to fully engage in learning and to be successful in school and in life. In its Right to Read report the Ontario Human Rights Commission (OHRC) has reinforced the critical importance of early reading to overall student success.

Media releases

OPSBA statement on The Better Schools and Student Outcomes Act

Our Association and local school boards must be properly consulted on the details of important changes to the public education system. We welcome the opportunity to work with the Ministry of Education on these changes as we play the most direct role in supporting student success within our local communities. Local governance, with students at the forefront, is a key part of our member boards’ ongoing success. The importance of maintaining the autonomy of democratically elected local trustees cannot be overstated.

Tentative agreement reached with CUPE

The Ontario Public School Boards’ Association (OPSBA) is pleased to announce that the Council of Trustees’/School Board Associations (CTA) and the provincial government have successfully negotiated a tentative settlement on central terms of a collective agreement with Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) education workers.

OPSBA statement regarding bargaining with CUPE

“It is extremely disappointing that we have not been able to reach a negotiated agreement at this time among CUPE, the Crown and the employer. As a result of the anticipated strike action, schools in many of our member boards will be forced to close to students for in-person instruction tomorrow, and for the duration of this strike action by CUPE members. Where schools are closed to in-person learning it is because they are unable to maintain the healthy and safe operation of schools for students without these critical education workers. We hope this disruption is short-lived and that we can get back to in-person learning as soon as possible.”

Cathy Abraham remains President of OPSBA

The Ontario Public School Boards’ Association (OPSBA) is pleased to announce that Cathy Abraham will continue in her current role after being acclaimed as President for the 2022-23 and 2023-24 school years. President Abraham has served as OPSBA President since June 2018 and was acclaimed at the Association’s 2022 Annual General Meeting on Friday, June 10, in Ottawa.

OPSBA statement regarding COVID-19 health and safety

As cases of COVID-19 continue to rise across Ontario, including in our public schools, we are strongly urging all students and staff to wear a face covering indoors when at school. We continue to look to public health officers for direction on this important issue, and relay to them our very strong concerns about the health and safety of our students and staff.

OPSBA welcomes federal-provincial child care agreement – good news for children and families

The Ontario Public School Boards’ Association (OPSBA) welcomes today’s announcement of a federal-provincial deal to provide Ontarians with $10-a-day child care, and 86,000 new spaces, by 2026.

OPSBA and its member boards have long advocated for high quality, affordable and accessible child care programs for children and their families. These programs are a necessity for millions of Ontarians and benefit a strong economy.

OPSBA statement regarding the OHRC Right to Read report

OPSBA is committed to advocating for each and every student to have the supports and services that enable them to fully engage in learning and to be successful in school and in life. In its Right to Read report the Ontario Human Rights Commission (OHRC) has reinforced the critical importance of early reading to overall student success.