Ontario Supporting Students and Protecting Front-Line Teachers

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Ontario Supporting Students and Protecting Front-Line Teachers
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Cameron Doherty

Cameron Doherty

Cameron is the Legislative Assistant for MPP Stephen Crawford, Oakville, Ontario. He is an Abbey Park High School Alumni, and graduate from Carleton University.

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Ontario’s Government for the people is protecting what matters most by creating a world class education system which will prepare our students for the jobs of tomorrow. The province will use a modernized approach to education reform to better utilize technology, give students the skills they need to succeed, protect front line teachers and ensure every dollar spent benefits students.

The Ministry of Education recently confirmed education funding allocations to the province’s school boards. Ontario will provide $24.66 billion in education funding to school boards in 2019–20, investing more in education for the coming school year than the previous government committed for 2018-19.

A new Attrition Protection Allocation of $1.6 billion in the province’s education funding model will top-up funding for school boards to protect front-line teachers, which will prevent boards from having to lay off teachers impacted by proposed changes in class sizes and e-learning.

Highlights of the additional investments and priorities in education for the 2019-2020 school year include:

  1. Assistance to school boards to implement new curriculum, including an improved Career Studies course;
  2. Opportunities and culturally-appropriate programs to support learning, and help foster a greater sense of community for students in Ontario’s French-Language Education system;
  3. Improving math performance with the new four-year Math Strategy;
  4. Mental health programming and supports students and families need to ensure school boards help make the critical connection between positive mental health and student success;
  5. Assistance for students with special education needs, including pilot programs to improve supports for students with Autism as well as other developmental disorders;
  6. Support for students as they transition out of high school – whether they choose to pursue apprenticeship, college, university, or work;
  7. $1.4 billion in the 2019-20 school year to repair and renew schools across Ontario, to help provide healthy, safe and accessible learning environments for students; and
  8. Increased funding for student transportation to ensure school boards can continue to deliver safe and reliable services for those depending on them.

“We promised to improve education for students in Oakville and across the province by modernizing our education system to ensure our children leave school with the tools they need to be successful both inside and outside of the classroom,” said MPP Stephen Crawford.

“The province is building on its plan Education that Works for You, and introducing new measures that will help make sure Ontario students are leaders in education once again,” said Crawford. “And I am very happy to see that all school boards in Halton will receive an increase in funding, to continue serving the students of Oakville, and Halton.”

Oakville Highlights

  1. Investing in construction of new St. Nicholas School in South Oakville
  2. Investing in the expansion of école secondaire catholique Sainte-Trinité to serve an additional 180 students
  3. Investing in new Oakville North East 2 Public Elementary School in that will support 776 students and will include 88 new child care spaces

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