OPSBA in the Media – May, 2019

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School boards ‘need to get their act together,’ says Doug Ford
The Toronto Star, May 31, 2019
Premier Doug Ford says school boards “need to get their act together” and again pledged that no teacher will lose their job because of changes brought in by his government.

Teachers’ union claims talks with Ontario government over new contract have hit a snag
The Globe and Mail, May 24, 2019
Ontario’s high-school teachers’ union is warning that its initial discussions with the government to reach a new contract have hit a snag.

In a memo to members on Friday, the Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation (OSSTF) said the government and the school boards’ association want more control of issues at the central table and it would prefer those issues be bargained between local unions and individual school districts.

High school teacher talks off to a rough start, union says
The Toronto Star, May 24, 2019
Ontario’s high school teachers say pre-bargaining talks have gotten off to a rough start, with the two sides already at an impasse over what should be negotiated provincially and what can be left to individual boards.

Empty classrooms no more: Durham schools inviting community partners to use vacant space
DurhamRegion.com, May 24, 2019
DURHAM — As Grandview Children’s Centre works on building a new headquarters in Ajax, work is also underway on a smaller — but significant — Grandview space in Oshawa.

Vacant classrooms at Monsignor Paul Dwyer Catholic High School are being converted into a 5,000-square-foot, full-service Grandview location, which is expected to open in the fall.

Toronto District School Board asked to ‘take a stand’ against Ford government cuts
The Toronto Star, May 22, 2019
Support staff working in Toronto public schools are asking the board to “take a stand” and refuse to implement cuts needed to balance the budget because of provincial funding shortfalls.

Ford offers millions for municipalities, school boards to review budgets
The Canadian Press, May 21, 2019
TORONTO — Large Ontario municipalities and school boards facing hundreds of millions in funding cuts were offered financial support from the province Tuesday aimed at finding savings in their budgets, a move critics called a “public relations stunt.”

Ford offers school boards and municipalities money to hunt for savings
The Toronto Star, May 21, 2019
After hitting municipalities with cutbacks in provincial funding, Premier Doug Ford says his government will now spend $7.35 million to help them find savings.

Ministry of Education set to release Indigenous curriculum soon; partners’ input to be added later
CBC News, May 20, 2019
The province is preparing to release its revised Indigenous curriculum for Ontario classrooms.

But the Conservative government says it won’t be collaborating with its Indigenous partners until after the plan is released.

Budget cuts speed up conversation about school closures
The Toronto Star, May 17, 2019
Smaller high schools may be on the chopping block as Ontario school boards work to implement the Ford government’s plan to phase out thousands of teaching positions over the next four years.