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
In November 2018, the Ministry of Education asked for input on education funding for the 2019/20 school year, to help the province "find efficiencies and improve accountability". This is People for Education's response.
It’s in the public education system itself where hope lies. It is only through systemic change that we can ensure that young people are gaining the skills they will need for the future.
An article by Andreas Schleicher, Director for Education and Skills at the OECD, about educating students for their future, is a good starting point for our ongoing dialogue about the future of public education.
When test scores are used as a proxy for overall system success, it can lead governments to target funding and policy in ways that may ignore competencies that are vital for students’ long-term success.
Teachers teach the next generation of society. While there are many important professions, none of them affect all of society’s children – and thus all of society – in the way teaching does.
The province of Ontario will be engaging in consultations about a range of educational issues – from math and science curriculum to cell phone use in schools.
Desert Sands Community School in Ashcroft, BC is supporting the new basics and developing competencies in their students through student-driven interdisciplinary learning.
A recent study by the Canadian Teachers’ Federation suggests an increasing amount of teachers across Canada are seeing a rise in both the rate and severity of violence in schools.
Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE)’s 20th Survey of Educational Issues reveals public opinions regarding satisfaction with Ontario schools, opinions on government spending on education, equity, economic relevance, and more.
In a moving convocation address for York University's Faculty of Education, Annie Kidder spoke of the important role teachers play in "educating the new generations that this country, and our world needs."
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
The St. Thomas Times-Journal: Will rural push to break away from Thames Valley District school board gain traction?
Elgin County is exploring the possibility of forming its own county school board.
CBC News interviewed participants at People for Education's 2018 conference about education policy and funding in Ontario.
Christine Schandl, People for Education's Research Manager, talks about our research, our annual survey, and the future of public education.