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Last September, Premier Kathleen Wynne established an Independent Review of Assessment and Reporting in Ontario. Our analysis of the review’s recommendations has identified many benefits, but also includes some cautions to be aware of as these changes are implemented.
Telling Tales Out of School 2018
Don’t miss our 15th annual Telling Tales Out of School gala on Thursday, May 24, hosted by Steve Patterson, of CBC’s The Debaters.
Performers this year include acclaimed author Margaret Atwood, Corner Gas star Eric Peterson, Anne of Green Gables star RH Thompson, and Caught star Paul Gross. The show will also feature musical performances from the talented young “post-art-rock-pop-blues” band The Neighbourhood Watch, Jim Creeggan of the Barenaked Ladies, and teenage violin sensation Duncan McDougall.Buy tickets
New data from People for Education show that, despite the widely recognized importance of arts education, equitable access to arts programs and resources is an ongoing challenge for Ontario’s schools. Students in small and rural schools, in schools with higher levels of poverty, and in schools with lower levels of parental education are less likely to have access to learning opportunities in the arts.
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Ontario announces new funding for education
Changes to the funding formula will add new staff and increased supports for students. For more information about the changes see the articles below.
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The province has announced increases in per pupil funding for guidance counsellors for grades 7 and 8. They will now be funded at the same rate as high school students, which is 1 counsellor for every 384 students.
By 2020, most high schools will have their own mental health worker. These new staff are intended to support students who have mental health concerns, and help them to find the the right services in their communities.
The province has added new funding to decrease wait times for special education assessment; increase support for students with very high needs; and improve school board supports for special education services.