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Hamilton teachers union boss wonders if province’s goal is an educational environment or crowd control

The union representative for Hamilton’s public high school teachers says larger class sizes will not mean better education for students. Ontario Secondary School Teachers Federation (OSSTF) Local 21 President Dan …

Province has ‘declared war on Ontario’s public education system’: Teachers’ union

The Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation (OSSTF) says with sweeping changes to the education system announced Friday, the province has “declared war on Ontario’s public education system.” “OSSTF/FEESO’s response in defence …

Ford government announces hikes to high school class sizes, but no changes to kindergarten

The Ford government is boosting class sizes starting in Grade 4 through to Grade 12 while promising no layoffs — though teacher unions expect about 4,500 positions will be eliminated …

Mixed reaction to cellphone ban in Ontario classrooms

The provincial government is set to ban cell phones from classrooms – and many students in Windsor-Essex are not impressed. “I feel that our cell phones can be used as …

Niagara teachers already police cellphone use: Student trustees

Banning cellphone use in classrooms is not necessary because teachers are already on top of making sure they aren’t being used for non-educational purposes once class starts, says Jade Bilodeau, …

Ontario to ban cellphones from classrooms

TORONTO — Cellphones will be banned in Ontario classrooms during instructional time, starting in September — news that some suggest is meant to distract from ongoing criticism over autism funding. …

Families protest changes to Ontario’s autism program at Queen’s Park

Hundreds of parents, therapists and union members gathered outside Queen’s Park on Thursday to protest the provincial government’s changes to Ontario’s autism program. Families of children with autism say the plan …

Ahead of autism program overhaul, Ontario government to survey schools on student supports

The Ontario government is asking school districts to estimate the enrolment changes and detail what supports are in place for students with complex needs, as changes to the autism program …

Near North teachers ‘nervous, greatly concerned’

Glen Hodgson is “nervous” and “greatly concerned” after the province recommended last week Ontario school boards implement a hiring freeze. The president of the Ontario Secondary School Teachers Federation local, …

Simcoe Muskoka Catholic Elementary Teacher

Earlier this morning, President Liz Stuart appeared on two CBC Radio Programs:Metro Morning, hosted by Matt Galloway, andOntario Morning, hosted by Saroja Coelho. President Stuart discussed some of the recent …