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Education reporter at The Globe and Mail (, mom of 2, juggler.

One-day-a-week strike follows lack of contracts for Ontario teachers — High school teachers at a small Northwestern Ontario school board are ramping up their job action by staging one-day-a-week strikes - and the head of the provincial union didn't rule out that others could follow. Teachers at the Rainy River District School Board, based in Fort Frances, Ont., have been without a contract since the fall of 2014 and will start striking this week.

When Ms. Straughan became Mr. Straughan: How a transgender teacher learned to be himself — Key Straughan, a kindergarten teacher, was zipping up a student's jacket recently when the little boy leaned in, touched his face and asked: "Where's your beard?" "Well," the teacher said, "I shaved it off." "I don't think it's going to grow back," the four-year-old said innocently.

Report-card memo sent to Ontario private schools a 'miscommunication' — Education Minister Liz Sandals has swiftly pulled a directive sent by public servants that would streamline the report cards of Ontario private schools because she and her staff were not informed about it.

Ontario violated teachers’ right to strike, court rules — The Ontario government violated teachers' Charter rights in 2012, when it temporarily suspended the right to strike and imposed contracts on some teacher unions, a court has ruled.

Ontario reopens admissions to schools for learning disabled — Ontario's education ministry is backing off from a controversial daycare proposal as well as a pause it had put on admissions to schools for deaf, blind and severely learning disabled students. Education Minister Liz Sandals said in question period today that the government received "extensive" feedback on proposed new daycare regulations and they will not be implemented as posted.

Waldorf Academy warned about teacher prior to sexual assault charges — A Toronto private school was warned by a therapist about alleged inappropriate behaviour by one of its teachers nearly two years before he was charged with multiple counts of sexual assault. The Waldorf Academy felt it could not legally suspend or dismiss the teacher after he denied the allegations and the Children's Aid Society declined to investigate because the complainant was more than 16 years old.

Minister apologizes for comments about Ontario teachers’ sick days — Ontario's Education Minister has apologized to at least one teachers' union for suggesting educators are abusing their sick days. Responding to a Globe and Mail story about a report that said sick days are increasing, Education Minister Liz Sandals told reporters earlier this month that Ontario teachers and other education workers are taking more sick days because they lost the right to bank them for a cash payout upon retirement.

Fewer Canadian students walking or cycling to school raises concerns — The number of elementary-school students being driven to school has more than doubled, a new study shows, adding to concerns about the declining levels of physical activity among Canadian schoolchildren. The study, released on Tuesday, found that over the past 25 years, fewer children in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton areas were walking or cycling to school.

Ontario Liberals aim to boost math scores with $60-million investment — Ontario's elementary school students will receive at least 60 minutes of math instruction daily under the Liberal government's new strategy to boost test scores in the subject. Education Minister Liz Sandals said on Monday that the province will invest $60-million to increase mathematical instruction time.

Toronto teachers’ union won’t allow job applications without TDSB deal — Toronto's high school teachers' union is ramping up its job action by refusing to allow aspiring full-time educators to apply for positions that come up at Canada's largest school board.
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Apr 29, 2016

@Educhatter I thought he had a longer contract towards the end, no?

Apr 29, 2016

@jhabray Not his fault. I was giddy and on a sugar high for 24 hours.

Apr 29, 2016

@annhui @slilleyman @kingdomofevan Um, you guys, did anyone notice how many pictures of chickens there are?!?!?! It's kinda freakin' me out.

Apr 29, 2016

This is so strange: York education director guaranteed job after 10-year contract, via @krushowy, @njaved

Apr 29, 2016

@LMTedesco Only one way to find out: a taste-test. In the name of science, of course.

Apr 28, 2016

Great read by @NicoleMacIntyre: How Toronto's real estate market left her son crying over his piggy bank…

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