Caroline Alphonso on Muck Rack

Caroline Alphonso

Education Reporter — Globe and Mail
As seen in: Globe and Mail

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

Ontario PC leader Patrick Brown promises to scrap sex-ed curriculum — 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.

One-third of Toronto schools need critical repairs — About one-third of Toronto's public schools require critical repairs, new data show, as Canada's largest school board faces a $3.4-billion maintenance backlog. The Toronto District School Board says roughly 200 of its schools, out of 588, have old boilers, roofs, windows and other systems integral to the operation of the buildings that have surpassed the end of their service life, and are deemed "urgent" repairs.

TDSB denies allegations of negligence in lawsuit over students’ safety — The Toronto District School Board and an elementary school principal said they behaved like a "prudent parent" to protect two students, despite claims that the children faced repeated threats and assaults inflicted by a classmate with special needs.

Why some public schools are cutting their summers short — On a hot morning in August, Veer Gill, 7, and two friends are sprawled on the grass at their school playground, drawing leaves of varying sizes on plain white paper. It's part of their lesson in math - a subject most kids would dare not consider during the final weeks of summer vacation.

Ontario says it won’t close schools for students with learning disabilities — The Ontario government says it will keep publicly funded schools for children with severe learning disabilities open this academic year and has no plans to close them, but parents still fear they will be shuttered over time to save money.

Senior staff at Ontario school boards criticize public-sector wage freeze — Superintendents and directors at Ontario school boards are criticizing a public-sector wage freeze, saying it treats them unfairly. The education ministry clamped down on the salaries of senior staff last year, auditing school boards to determine how many executives received pay hikes and ordering them to repay the money.

Teachers dish on their best and worst gifts, and how much is too much — The end of school is looming, but before you start searching Pinterest for last-minute craft ideas or head to Starbucks to buy a $50 gift certificate, stop and consider what your child's teacher really wants for an end-of-year present.

Catholic school board chair revises sex-ed view after son reveals sexual abuse — Angela Kennedy, chair of the Toronto Catholic District School Board, was a vocal critic of Ontario's sexual education curriculum, which was rolled out in schools last fall. That is, until one of her seven sons made her rethink her views with a shocking revelation of what happened to him as a boy.

Integration of special-needs pupil at the heart of Toronto school lawsuit — Two elementary pupils and their parents are suing the Toronto District School Board and their principal, saying their school failed to protect them from repeated threats and assaults inflicted by a classmate with special needs, according to a lawsuit filed in an Ontario court.

Ontario schools struggle to keep students in French immersion — Parents have waited in lines or placed their hopes on a lottery system to get their child a coveted spot in French immersion. But new data show that exuberance fades as children get older. Data collected by The Globe and Mail from several big Ontario school boards indicate that about half of the students drop out of the program as they move through their elementary-school years.
More Articles →
Aug 26, 2016

RT @TPSOperations: EXPOSURE: Indian Gr + Dundas St -Naked man in backyard -Soaping himself up -Washing off with hose -Now he's taken tomatoes #1515077 ^dh

Aug 26, 2016

@wnickoli That's right, one more year. Next September should be interesting.

Aug 26, 2016

RT @krushowy: In light of @OSSTFtoronto tentatve deal w/ @tdsb -govt says 450 of total 470 local agreements now reached - 96% #onted #onpoli #osstf #tdsb

Aug 26, 2016

TDSB, high school teachers reach tentative deal. Catholic board still bargaining with elementary teachers 

Are You a Journalist?

Create a free Muck Rack account to customize your profile and upload a portfolio of your best work.

Create a Portfolio