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
More guidance counsellors for grades 7 and 8
The province has announced increases in per pupil funding for guidance counsellors for grades 7 and 8.
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.
Minister’s address: Ontario’s vision for education
In this presentation from PFE's 2017 Making Connections, Minister of Education Mitzie Hunter talks about the importance of preparing Ontario's students for the changing world they will face after graduation.
How can we help more students go on to post-secondary education?
In this session from PFE's 2017 Making connections conference, we learn about the ABACUS program and its goal to improve students’ access to post-secondary education, by focusing on grades 6 to 9.
Fundraising and equity: Strategies for more inclusive school fundraising
In this session from PFE's 2017 Making connections conference, panelists look at the latest data on school fundraising and the issues about equity, both between and within schools.
How students are changing their communities
In this session from PFE's 2017 Making connections conference, students discuss how they have used their voice and applied their creativity and problem-solving skills to improve their schools and communities.
Pushing the Limits: How schools can prepare our children today for the challenges of tomorrow
In this session from PFE's 2017 Making connections conference, panelists provide a vision of what schooling can look like in our rapidly changing world, and how parents and teachers can realize this vision together.
To close or not to close: The challenge for small schools in Ontario
In this session from PFE's 2017 Making connections conference, panelists look at the importance of having a local school in rural communities, the viability of small schools, and the challenges in keeping them open.
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.
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.