Key Points

  • Need to organize support for adequate provincial funding. Ontario provides the lowest public-school funding in Canada.
  • Need to guarantee newcomers full access to English as Second Language programs
  • Need to open French immersion programs where parent demand is strong
  • Keep small neighbourhoood schools open and utilize long term empty spaces for community agencies.
  • Retain all public buildings and related open space
  • Make underused space easily and cheaply available for community use
  • Fight for fair property taxes and stop annual reassessments
  • Restore practical “hands on” education in all grades by placing a priority on technical education
  • Restore and prioritize arts education
  • Ensure that the ecological use of resources is both practiced and taught in our schools
  • Provide universal access to hot lunch and breakfast programs with affordable, nutritious and tasty food
  • Make early childhood development and childcare a priority for all our schools
  • Respect our skilled staff and help improve their morale by involving them in decisions that affect their working lives