Universal public education is a cornerstone of our democratic society. A strong public education system plays a key role in ensuring that the next generation has the skills and competencies needed to contribute to a fair and prosperous society.
Research on publicly funded education
Language support 2017
This is an excerpt from our annual report on Ontario's publicly funded schools. It looks at the state of language support in Ontario's English and French public schools.
Competing Priorities: People for Education annual report on Ontario’s publicly funded schools 2017
People for Education's annual report on Ontario’s publicly-funded schools is an audit of the education system – a way of keeping track of the impact of funding and policy choices in schools across the province.
School closings 2017
People for Education conducted a study of Ontario accommodation reviews this spring and has produced an interactive map of schools to be closed in the province’s 72 school boards.
The geography of opportunity: What’s needed for broader student success
People for Education's Annual report on Ontario’s publicly-funded schools is an audit of the education system – a way of keeping track of the impact of funding and policy choices in schools across the province.
How publicly funded education works in Ontario
Learn more about the structure of Ontario's education system, how education funding works, and the roles and responsibilities of the people within the system.
Public education in the news
Municipalities and community groups will help test new rules for teaming to spare schools
The Ministry of Education is introducing a pilot program to test new approaches to Ontario's school closing process. Annie Kidder points to the need for broader discussions about integrated decision-making between school boards and municipalities.
Ontario’s Auditor calls for review of funding formula
In December, Ontario's Auditor General reported that the funding formula for education is out-of-date and in need of a full, independent review.
Tens of millions in grants targeted for needy students aren’t reaching them
The Auditor General's report raises the same concerns flagged by People for Education in our 2017 annual report on Ontario's schools. Funding to support at-risk students is being used to cover shortfalls in other areas.