Annual Report on Ontario's publicly funded schools

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New report shows increase in health and phys ed teachers, decline in music teachers

People for Education released its Annual Report on Ontario's Publicly Funded Schools 2014 today. Based on responses from 1,349 English, Catholic and French schools, the report has new data about everything from itinerant music teachers to kindergarten class sizes. 

Among the findings in the report:

  • 43% of elementary schools have a specialist music teacher, a decline from 49% in 2012.
  • 47% of elementary schools have a specialist health and physical education teacher, an increase from 30% of schools in 2004.
  • 8% of Full Day Kindergarten classes have 30 or more children.
  • 77% of elementary schools with high family incomes offer extended day programs for kindergarten-age children, compared to 52% of schools with low family incomes.

To read the full report, click here.
To read the quick facts, click here.
To read the press release, click here.

Report calls for improvements in Aboriginal education

Chief Gordon Peters, of the Chiefs of Ontario, says it is urgent that provincially funded schools have stronger cultural support programs, more effective support for school-community relationships and more appropriate funding to address the inequities for schools with high proportions of First Nations, Métis and Inuit (FNMI) students.

Among the findings in People for Education's Annual Report on Ontario's Publicly Funded Schools 2014:

  • the vast majority (82%) of Ontario’s FNMI students attend provincially funded schools.
  • 96% of secondary and 92% of elementary schools have First Nations, Métis or Inuit students, but 66% of elementary schools, and 39% of secondary schools report that they have no Aboriginal education opportunities beyond the curriculum.
  • Elementary schools with higher proportions of FNMI students (7.5% or higher) are much less likely to have music or health and physical education teachers.
  • Schools with more than 7.5% FNMI students have higher ratios of special education students to special education teachers (44 to 1, compared to the provincial average of 37 to 1). 
To read the report on First Nations, Métis and Inuit education, click here.
To read the press release,click here.

Toronto Catholic Board creates ombudsman office

On June 16, the Toronto Catholic DSB voted to spend $150,000 to create an ombudsman office to help parents, students and teachers resolve problems. It's the first of its kind in Ontario.

Currently, Ontario's Ombudsman Office does not cover disputes with school boards. 

For a number of years, People for Education has recommended the province create a provincial ombudsman for education, in particular to help solve problems in special education. Perhaps the Toronto Catholic DSB will provide an effective pilot.

To read the story in the National Post, click here.
 
 


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