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
Fundraising and fees in Ontario’s schools
This report, based on the results from our annual survey of schools, identifies equity issues related to fundraising and fees in Ontario’s publicly funded schools. Over 1200 schools across Ontario participated in the survey, and…
School-closing process to change
All of Ontario's school boards will be affected by changes to the province's guidelines for Pupil Accommodation Reviews. Many aspects of the process for closing schools are being revised.
Academic or Applied? Choosing the right path
In this presentation from PFE's 2017 Making Connections, educators discuss the decision students must make between academic and applied, and if they are, perhaps, being asked to make this choice too soon.
Does Ontario need an independent agency to assess education?
Ontario is reviewing assessment and reporting in education. Do we need the EQAO for this work?
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In December, Ontario's Auditor General reported that the funding formula for education is out-of-date and in need of a full, independent review.
Province considers changing school closing process – again
The process for closing schools involves many difficult decisions, and can pit groups against each other. There is a provincially mandated process, which has been revised a number of times. The government is now consulting…
Ontario considering changes to assessment and measurement
The province is asking for public input on improving assessment and reporting at the individual, school, school board and system-wide levels.
The value of investing in early childhood education
Canada is far below the OECD average on enrollment in early childhood education
Competencies and transferable skills part of Ontario’s move to modernize the school system
Changes are coming to Ontario's curriculum, the EQAO, and students' report cards.
Streaming, identity-based data, and hiring in Ontario schools
The province has committed to review streaming in grade 9 and 10, and look at other parts of the system that are creating inequity for students.
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
Fundraising inequality at public schools
Annie Kidder talks about our new report on fundraising with Matt Galloway on CBC Metro Morning.
Fundraising widens gap between have and have-not students, report finds
People for Education's new report finds fundraising is causing substantial gaps between schools. The report shows that elementary schools with low poverty rates raise twice as much as schools with higher poverty rates.
Fundraising provides an advantage in well-off schools
The fundraising advantage may be increasing the equity gap by providing already advantaged students with more enrichment than their more disadvantaged counterparts.