The Ontario government has quietly asked the public high-school teachers' union to extend its current contract - a move that would give the ruling Liberals labour peace in secondary schools until after the next election.
Students at Canada's largest school board are starting their day by learning about their province's indigenous history. Along with playing the national anthem, the Toronto District School Board requires all of its schools to read four sentences, as part of the morning announcements, that acknowledges aboriginal people and their land.
Hundreds of children in many parts of the Greater Toronto Area are left stranded or waiting for as long as two hours for school buses as boards of education struggle with a shortage of drivers and signal that the delays won't end as students enter the third week of the academic year.
Ontario teachers are being forced to load French and music lessons onto carts and transport them from classroom to classroom, because of budget cuts from the provincial Liberal government that has left school boards unable to clean and maintain all of their rooms. School boards say the government is slowly eliminating millions of dollars in so-called top-up funding used to clean and maintain classrooms that are considered empty or only used for a part of the day.
Every educator wants to encourage critical thinking, but few are doing it in quite the extreme way that one Vancouver public school rolled out to Grade 7 students this week. Each student has been assigned a number, they are being referred to as "followers" and arbitrarily rewarded or demoted - and teachers are asking parents not to tell their children that they are role-playing.
Faced with declining overall enrolment, competing Ontario school boards have been pouring millions into recruiting drives, hoping the attractions - from better landscaping to specialized sports programs - can lure more students through their doors.
Some school boards in the Greater Toronto Area allow students to be exempted from classes based on religious beliefs, including music and art - but only as a last resort and after failing to reach a compromise with parents.
Three retired guidance counsellors from an Ontario school board will be reaching out to hundreds of wayward high-school students this month, making phone calls as part of an inventive strategy to persuade dropouts to return to class.
Half of Ontario's Grade 6 students failed to meet provincial standards in math, according to the latest standardized test results released Wednesday. Math scores among primary students have been falling steadily in the province, and Education Minister Mitzie Hunter acknowledged that "there is more work to do."
Progressive Conservative Leader Patrick Brown is making a hard-right turn, promising to scrap Ontario's Liberal government's new sexual education curriculum on the eve of a close-fought Toronto by-election. In a letter addressed "Dear Parents" and dated this week, Mr. Brown pledged to kill the Liberals' sex-ed curriculum.
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Selecting a term
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