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February 5, 2022

New info on education recovery and renewal plans across Canada shows wide gaps

Filed under: virtual school — Michael K. Barbour @ 11:34 am
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Note the item below concerning online learning from this Ontario-based general education organization.

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Pan-Canadian scan reveals gaps in provincial/territorial education strategies

People for Education calls for federal funding to support recovery & renewal

People for Education has conducted a scan of provincial and territorial education strategies and policies put in place to respond to COVID-19.

The scan reveals a glaring reality. While all provinces and territories have detailed safety strategies for schools, only 4 out of the 13 have articulated a vision, guidelines, or funding to manage, assess, or respond to the educational impact of COVID-19. 

The need for change is urgent.As a result, People for Education is making two recommendations:

  1. The federal government should establish a National Advisory Table on Public Education as recommended by the Canadian Teachers’ Federation; and extend its current funding to provinces, territories, and First Nations with a multi-billion dollar, multi-year Education Recovery Fund to support planning, evidence-gathering, assessments, increased staffing, and vital resources.
  2. Provinces and territories, working in collaboration with school board boards/districts and education stakeholders, should develop comprehensive recovery and renewal plans supported by data collection, sample-based evaluations of student progress, student surveys, and well-being assessments. Recovery and renewal plans should include specific, measurable goals for addressing the inequities, structural barriers, and systemic racism exposed and amplified by the pandemic and that continue to prevent equal access to all students.
Check-out the Pan-Canadian Tracker
Synopsis of provincial/territorial education strategies

People for Education’s team has grown! 

We are very excited to welcome Sharon Ferdinands, People for Education’s new Communications Specialist. Sharon holds a Master’s Degree in Communications from Leeds Beckett University in the UK, and she is going to play a vital role in supporting the dialogue about the Future of Public Education. Her pathway has instilled in her a passion for promoting access to quality education.

Ontario continues expansion of online learning

Preview portal launched for 2022-23 courses

In March 2021, Ontario announced plans to partially privatize remote learning and make it compulsory that high school students take at least two online courses in order to receive an Ontario Secondary School Diploma.

On February 1, the province launched a preview site for online courses, all delivered by TVO/TFO, so that students can begin exploring and choosing courses for the fall of 2022. The Ministry of Education also released Policy / Program Memorandum 167 (PPM) mandating that students earn a minimum of two online learning credits to receive an Ontario Secondary School Diploma. The PPM also mandates that school boards provide a procedure that allows families to apply to opt out of the requirement.
A People for Education analysis of the new online learning policy and raised many concerns.

Read more about Ontario’s changes to online learning

$10 a day child care becoming a reality everywhere but Ontario

Economists raise ongoing equity issues

In a landmark study, economists Gordon Cleveland and Michael Krashinsky of the University of Toronto set out to answer the question: Will $10 a day child care agreements actually make Early Learning and Child Care programs affordable across Canada?

Their answer: yes, and no. It depends where you live, your current financial situation, and the details in the agreement signed by your province/territory of residence.

Read People for Education’s analysis
Pan-Canadian 2021-26 ELCC agreement tracker

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