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Local Government Week - October 15 to 21, 2017

Local Government Week aims to increase youth and public awareness about the important role local government plays in our communities. The Ontario Public School Boards' Association works to raise civic awareness among Ontario's students partners in raising civic awareness and promoting the role of trustees among Ontario students.  These resources have been developed to assist trustees in their visits with Grade 5 Social Studies and Grade 10 Civics students to discuss the important democratic role of a school board trustee.

Background - Bill 177, Student Achievement and School Board Governance Act

On April 22, 2009, the Ministry of Education released its report School Board Governance: A Focus on Achievement. The report summarized the work conducted by the Ministry's Governance Review Committee and includes 25 recommendations to be considered by the Minister. In May 2009, the Ministry introduced new legislation to amend the Education Act. Bill 177, Student Achievement and School Board Governance Act.

In June 2009, OPSBA received a copy of the consultation paper on Provincial Interest Regulations. The consultation paper offered an opportunity for input to stakeholders in anticipation of the drafting of the provincial interest regulations. These regulations flowed from the enabling legislation of Bill 78 that was enacted in June 2006.

On Oct. 26, 2009, OPSBA President Colleen Schenk and VPs Catherine Fife and Riley Brockington presented to the Standing Committee on Social Policy regarding Bill 177. Please click here for a copy of the speaking notes and the Association’s final written presentation.

On Nov. 30, 2009, Bill 177, Student Achievement and School Board Governance, was passed by the legislature.  Most of OPSBA’s recommended changes were incorporated into the legislation.

Regulations Flowing from Bill 177

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