OPSBA in the Media – March 2019

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High school teachers’ union warns of labour ‘disruption’ in fall over class-size changes
Kristin Rushowy, The Star, Mar. 21, 2019
An average high school with 800 students will lose 11 teachers — from 46 to 35 — because of changes introduced by the Ford government, the union representing secondary educators is warning.

Ford government to tweak autism program overhaul amid intense pressure
Kristin Rushowy and Laurie Monsebraaten, The Star, Mar. 21, 2019
The Ford government says it will look at providing more needs-based help for children with autism — while eliminating means-testing for services — bowing to intense pressure from families over controversial changes it made last month.

Ontario government announces new supports for schools ahead of change to autism program
Caroline Alphonso, The Globe and Mail, Mar. 11, 2019
… Cathy Abraham, president of the Ontario Public School Boards’ Association, said districts are still reviewing the information but she welcomed additional supports. “I know our staff will do all they can to welcome [students with autism] and find success in our schools even with this late announcement of funding,” she said.

Ford government to boost school funding by $12,300 for every child with autism who enters the system
Kristin Rushowy, The Star, Mar. 11, 2019
The Ford government is boosting funding for supports for students with autism by an average of $12,300 for each new child entering the school system when changes to the system come into effect April 1, Education Minister Lisa Thompson announced Monday morning.

“A letter isn’t enough:’ Durham public school trustees gear up to fight back on autism changes
Jillian Follert, DurhamRegion.com, Mar. 8, 2019
DURHAM — The Durham District School Board will be sending a “strongly worded” letter to the province about a planned overhaul of Ontario’s autism system — but trustees say that’s not enough.

Near North teachers ‘nervous, greatly concerned’
Jennifer Hamilton-McCharles, North Bay Nugget, Mar. 7, 2019
Glen Hodgson is “nervous” and “greatly concerned” after the province recommended last week Ontario school boards implement a hiring freeze.