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Funding announcements could lead to more school closings

The Ministry of Education has released details on school boards' funding; a new process for closing schools; and the next steps in changes to special education funding.

While rightfully lauding Ontario as having one of the best education systems in the world, Liz Sandals, Ontario's Minister of Education, also said, "We have to manager our funding more efficiently and we can no longer afford to fund underutilized school space."

For an outline of the new school closing process, click here.
For an overview of funding announcements, click here.
For the Ministry of Education brochure on education funding, click here.

Premier Wynne Appoints Special Advisor on Community Hubs

Premier Kathleen Wynne has appointed a new advisory group to develop a Community Hub Framework for the province. The group, led by Karen Pitre, will review provincial policy and develop a framework for how public spaces can be adapted to offer coordinated services in areas such as education, health care and social services.

The advisory group will gather input from the public, research effective practices, and connect with community organizations to ensure the framework meets local needs. 

To find out more, click here.

Advisory Panel to lead consultations on TDSB

The Ministry of Education has appointed an advisory panel to lead public consultations on improving the governance structure of the Toronto District School Board. Individuals and organizations can make submissions online or participate in public meeting from March to May, with a final report to be submitted to the Ministry in early summer.

Learn more.

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For up-to-the-minute education updates, information about new research, and links to useful websites, follow us on Twitter. We tweet from @jacquistrachan, @anniekidder, and @peoplefored. You can also like us on Facebook.

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April 16-17 –
Richmond Hill

Reading Recovery and Early Literacy Learning Conference with keynote speakers Dr. Charles Pascal and Mary Fried. 

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April 18 – Whitby

The Durham Catholic Parent Involvement Committee is hosting a half-day conference on youth mental health, with keynote speaker, Ann Douglas.

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April 25 –

HOPE (Helping Other Parents Everywhere) presents a day of learning and inspiration for parents who are concerned about their teen or adult children.

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May 1 – Ontario-wide

Show your support for children with hearing loss! On May 1st, dress in your loudest clothing to raise awareness for children with hearing loss.

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April 18 – Ottawa

Ottawa CSPA, PIC and the OCSB International Languages Program presents 'How to Help Your Child Succeed in School', with Jacqui Strachan from People for Education.

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April 24-26 – Mississauga

The Ontario Federation of Home and School Associations is hosting its annual conference and annual meeting, "Inspiring Leaders".

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May 4-5 â€“ Kitchener

Skills Ontario presents “Think Skills...Think Future!” Young Women’s Conferences, showing female students that skilled trades and technology careers offer many great opportunities.

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May 24 – Toronto

People for Education's annual fundraising gala promises another great line-up of Canadian actors, musicians, and writers. Enjoy a great show for a good cause! 

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