Education budget cuts catch Ontario school boards by surprise

Education budget cuts catch Ontario school boards by surprise

The rumours have been swirling through the halls of the Toronto Catholic District School Board that a more lean fiscal future will be the new reality, and a late Friday afternoon e-mail from the provincial government Dec. 14 did nothing to allay those fears.

That’s when the Ministry of Education notified school boards across the province that $25 million would be cut from the province-wide EPO (Education Programs-Other) grant that provides money for special education programming such as tutors and extra services for Indigenous and radicalized students. The fund will now provide $400 million to Ontario’s 72 school boards for the 2018-19 school year.

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