OPSBA in the Media

OPSBA continues to stand out as a credible and primary voice of public education in Ontario. As a result, our spokespeople are frequently approached by members of the media for comment on stories affecting the education sector.

OPSBA's recent appearances in the news media include:

Boards ask province to lift ban on school closings
The Toronto Star, Feb. 19, 2020

OPSBA 2020 President’s Award goes to ADSB trustee
myespanolanow.com, Feb. 6, 2020

ADSB Trustee Russell Reid recipient of OPSBA President’s Award
wawa-news.com, Feb. 4, 2020

Ontario teachers to hold weekly strikes until deal with province reached
The Globe and Mail, Jan. 27, 2020

Doug Ford government waiting for mediator to restart talks, says Education Minister Stephen Lecce
Welland Tribune, Jan. 21, 2020

Doug Ford government waiting for mediator to restart talks, says Education Minister Stephen Lecce
The Toronto Star, Jan. 20, 2020

All four Ontario teacher unions now engaged in job action as talks with province stall
The Toronto Star, Jan. 14, 2020

Confidential memo raises eyebrows with request for school boards to reduce ‘red tape’
The Toronto Star, Jan. 14, 2020

Ontario education minister says school boards can delay Grade 9 EQAO testing
Niagara Falls Review, Jan. 9, 2020

Grade 9 math tests up in the air as rotating teacher strikes continue
The Toronto Star, Jan. 8, 2020

Ontario high school teachers plan a fourth, one-day ‘Wednesday walkout’
The Toronto Star, Jan. 3, 2020

Public high school teachers to hold one-day strike on Wednesday
The Toronto Star, Nov. 28, 2019

Most people think that education funding is more important than reducing debt
mingpaocanada.com, Nov. 26, 2019

Ontarians don’t support larger class sizes, Nanos poll finds
The Toronto Star, Nov. 25, 2019

Public opposes Ontario government's changes to education, poll suggests
CTV News Toronto, Nov. 25, 2019

Ontario backs down on online high school courses, cuts requirement from 4 to 2
The Toronto Star, Nov. 21, 2019

Ontario to boost education spending by $186M
The Toronto Star, Nov. 7, 2019

Cellphone ban in Ontario schools called ‘more hype than substance’
The Toronto Star, Nov. 3, 2019

Hundreds of Ontario public high school teachers laid off, so far
The Toronto Star, Oct. 28, 2019

Class sizes 'unworkable' – union official
North Bay Nugget, Oct. 26, 2019

Ford government’s offer to lower class sizes called misleading by union
Breakfast Television, Oct. 25, 2019

Ontario government partially backtracks on expanded high school class sizes
Canadian Press, Oct. 24, 2019

Ontario backtracks on increase to high school class sizes
CTV News, Oct. 24, 2019

Tories offer to lower hike on high school classes to 25 students
The Toronto Star, Oct. 24, 2019

Sudbury letters: Be sure to vote Monday; seniors, casinos and no planning; plan is garbage
Sudbury Star, Oct. 20, 2019

Ontario high school teachers approach negotiations in new, transparent way
The Toronto Star, Oct. 12, 2019

Schools open Monday as tentative deal reached between Province, CUPE

Canadian Press, Oct. 7, 2019

Deal reached, Peterborough schools to stay open
Peterborough Examiner, Oct. 7, 2019

School strike averted as CUPE, province reach tentative deal for support staff
Toronto Star, Oct. 7, 2019

Deal reached! Schools open Monday
Bay Today, Oct. 6, 2019

Ontario education workers reach deal with province, averting Monday school strike
CBC News, Oct. 6, 2019

Schools will remain open as CUPE and province reach tentative deal avoiding strike
Daily Hive, Oct. 6, 2019

Strike averted as education workers reach last-minute tentative agreement
Guelph Today, Oct. 6, 2019

Breaking: Tentative deal means Niagara schools are open Monday
Niagara Now, Oct. 6, 2019

Strike averted as education workers reach last-minute tentative agreement
Orillia Matters, Oct. 6, 2019

Council of Trustees' Associations (CTA) and the Provincial Government Reach a Tentative Agreement with CUPE
Port Stanley News, Oct. 6, 2019

Rising rate of sick leave emerges as key issue as school strike looms
Ottawa Citizen, Oct. 4, 2019

Ontario CUPE Education Workers Give Strike Notice
Huffington Post, Oct. 2, 2019

Schools prepare, as CUPE support-staff strike set for Oct. 7
The Toronto Star, Oct. 2, 2019

'GREAT CONCERN': CUPE education workers set to launch full strike
Toronto Sun, Oct. 2, 2019

A big snag in labour talks: Boards want CUPE to take less pay for sick leave
Metro Morning with Matt Galloway, CBC Radio, Oct. 1, 2019

Here's what you need to know about education workers' work-to-rule campaign
Newmarkettoday, Sept. 30, 2019

School support staff to begin work-to-rule campaign after failed negotiations with province, boards
The Toronto Star, Sept. 30, 2019

Talks between union and province break down as work-to-rule campaign looms
CP 24, Sept. 29, 2019

Ontario to lose more than 10,000 teaching positions over five years under Ford government changes: watchdog
The Toronto Star, Sept. 26, 2019

What Parents Should Know About A Possible Ontario Teacher Strike
Today's Parent, Sept. 26, 2019

Ontario school board support staff will be in legal strike position on Sept. 30, a week later than expected
Ottawa Citizen, Sept. 16, 2019

Grade 12 student can’t get into the physics and calculus courses he needs for university because of teacher cutbacks
The Toronto Star, Sept. 16, 2019

Negotiations with Ontario school board workers reach critical stage
Ottawa Citizen, Sept. 13, 2019

Ontario labour board rules against teacher union on bargaining issues
The Toronto Star, Sept. 6, 2019

Will labour unrest hit Ontario schools this year? Here's what you need to know
CBC News, Sept. 3, 2019

Ontario students head back to school amid job cuts and looming labour strife
The Toronto Star, Sept. 3, 2019 

Ontario education minister open to negotiating changes to class sizes
The Canadian Press, Aug. 22, 2019

Union says teachers’ contract talks stalled over dispute with school boards
The Canadian Press, Jul. 25, 2019

​Ontario high school teachers won't have a contract before the academic year starts, union warns
CBC News, Jul. 24, 2019

Ontario teacher contract negotiations already stalled
Newstalk 1010, Jul. 24, 2019

Teachers' negotiations stall before they begin
The Toronto Sun, Jul. 24, 2019

Government moves forward with school repair funding; asks boards to submit funding requests
The Canadian Press, Jul. 22, 2019 

Ontario’s new class size means Toronto, York school boards forced to cut STEM classes
The Toronto Star, July 8, 2019

Rookie MPP Stephen Lecce takes on a tough education file
The Toronto Star, Jun. 20, 2019

Ontario government will fund line-by-line audits for 10 school boards, but none have accepted the offer
The Toronto Star, Jun. 12, 2019

School boards 'need to get their act together,' says Doug Ford
The Toronto Star, May 31, 2019

Teachers’ union claims talks with Ontario government over new contract have hit a snag
The Globe and Mail, May 24, 2019

High school teacher talks off to a rough start, union says
The Toronto Star, May 24, 2019

Empty classrooms no more: Durham schools inviting community partners to use vacant space
DurhamRegion.com, May 24, 2019

Toronto District School Board asked to ‘take a stand’ against Ford government cuts
The Toronto Star, May 22, 2019

Ford offers millions for municipalities, school boards to review budgets
The Canadian Press, May 21, 2019

Ford offers school boards and municipalities money to hunt for savings
The Toronto Star, May 21, 2019

Ministry of Education set to release Indigenous curriculum soon; partners' input to be added later
CBC News, May 20, 2019

Budget cuts speed up conversation about school closures
The Toronto Star, May 17, 2019

Ontario school board group concerned about class size, e-learning
MuskokaRegion.com, April 30, 2019

Northern school boards fret for future as teaching positions phased out

The Toronto Star, April 29, 2019

OPSBA advocates for students: class size and e-learning concerns remain
Port Stanley News, April 29, 2019

Ontario government decreases per-student funding for school boards
Canadian Press, April 27, 2019

Province cuts per-pupil funding
The Sudbury Star, April 27, 2019

Ontario spends $330 million to avoid teacher layoffs
Bay Today, April 26, 2019

OPSBA advocates for students: class size and e-learning concerns remain
Ontario News North, April 26, 2019

Last year, this Peel high school teacher finally landed a full-time job. This year? A layoff notice
The Toronto Star, April 17, 2019

As Ontario education funding rises by less than inflation, critics call it ‘rolling back the clock'
The Toronto Star, April 11, 2019

High school classes of 46? That’s where Halton board warns Ford government changes to education could lead
The Toronto Star, April 10, 2019

Ontario government to cut 3,475 teaching positions, provincial memos say
The Toronto Star, April 5, 2019

TAKE OUR POLL: Larger classes mean Durham could end up with 400 fewer teachers
DurhamRegion.com, March 29, 2019

High school teachers' union warns of labour 'disruption' in fall over class-size changes
The Toronto Star, March 21, 2019

Ford government to tweak autism program overhaul amid intense pressure
The Toronto Star, March 21, 2019

Ontario government announces new supports for schools ahead of change to autism program
The Globe and Mail, March 11, 2019

Ford government to boost school funding by $12,300 for every child with autism who enters the system
The Toronto Star, March 11, 2019

"A letter isn't enough:' Durham public school trustees gear up to fight back on autism changes
DurhamRegion.com, March 8, 2019

Near North teachers 'nervous, greatly concerned'
North Bay Nugget, March 7, 2019

Ford government advises school boards to freeze hiring
The Star, February 28, 2019

Interview with OPSBA President Cathy Abraham
Ontario Morning from CBC Radio (interview begins at 2:15 mark), February 28, 2019

Ontario school boards seek additional supports in wake of changes to provincial autism program
The Globe and Mail, February 27, 2019

Autism therapists warned of looming layoffs under Ford government overhaul
The Toronto Star, February 27, 2019

Ontario's New Autism Policy Will Overwhelm Schools, Advocate Says
Canadian Press, February 11, 2019

Ontario's education minister won't commit to keeping class sizes capped
CBC News, January 24, 2019

Boards of education across the province learn of funding cuts after 4:30 pm on a Friday afternoon
Burlington Gazette, December 18, 2018

Ontario education cuts to hit vulnerable youth the most, students say
Toronto Star, December 18, 2018

'Tremendous' growth in French immersion at Durham Catholic schools, yet shortage of French teachers
DurhamRegion.Com, December 4, 2018

Cities urged to put more distance between pot shops and schools
Toronto Star, November 19, 2018

TLDSB Teaching Social Skills to Students With Autism Using a Robot
My Muskoka Now, November 15, 2018

Province looking for clear rules on service dogs in schools
Toronto Star, October 30, 2018

Toronto District School Board poised for major turnover
Toronto Star, October 22, 2018

Pressure increases on Ontario to ban vaping displays to protect teens from addiction
Toronto Star, October 12, 2018

Soaring temps lead to sweltering classrooms in Ontario
The Canadian Press, September 5, 2018

'Hard to get people engaged:' Three Durham school trustee seats already won with no contest
DurhamRegion.com, August 30, 2018

Educators slam Ford's 'snitch line' for teachers who defy sex ed rollback
Toronto Star, August 23, 2018

Ontario school boards still in the dark on sex-ed teaching plan: association
National Post (via the Canadian Press), August 16, 2018

Ontario freezes pay of public sector execs making $100 K or more
Windsor Star (via the Canadian Press), August 15, 2018

Ontario government freezes salaries of public sector executives
The Globe and Mail, August 15, 2018

Ontario’s largest teachers’ union says it will defend educators who use updated sex-ed curriculum
The Globe and Mail, August 13, 2018

Sault boards talk about sex-ed and common sense
The Sault Star, July 24, 2018

Scrapped sex education curriculum could lead to harm and bullying, says Peterborough advocate
mykawartha.com, July 17, 2018

Ford government scraps controversial Ontario sex-ed curriculum
The Globe and Mail, July 12, 2018

Rainbow board's student trustee recognized by provincial body
Sudbury.com, July 7, 2018

National school board conference held in Halifax, hosted by Ontario school board
Halifax Today, July 5, 2018

National school board conference 'opens a scab' for former chair of defunct Halifax school board
StarMetro Halifax, July 3, 2018

Awkward! National school board conference comes to Nova Scotia
The Coast, July 1, 2018

French teachers in high demand as popularity of immersion programs soars
Toronto Star, June 27, 2018

School board group urges Doug Ford to keep sex-ed curriculum he says he’ll repeal
Toronto Star, June 8, 2018

Waterloo Region trustee wins support to lobby for rights for kids with ADHD
Cambridge Times, June 6, 2018

Abraham elected OPSBA President
Quinte News, June 4, 2018

Retiring Peel school board chair honoured for 3 decades of dedication
Brampton Guardian, June 3, 2018

Rural school closures hit Ontario hard, major parties promise change
CTV News Toronto, June 2, 2018

New Report Identifies Key Factors in French as a Second Language (FSL) Teacher Shortages in Ontario
The Asian Connections, June 2, 2018

All candidates forum to focus on education
My North Bay Now, May 22, 2018

School bulletin with LHS 75, Ron Felsen and Shelley Laskin
The South Bayview Bulldog, May 10, 2018

OPSBA Declares May 23 Education Day
Port Stanley News, May 9, 2018

School board upset it wasn't consulted on location of Guelph's marijuana store
GuelphToday.com, Apr. 20, 2018

Pot shop, or no pot shop?
Caledon Enterprise (Metroland Media Group), Apr. 18, 2018

Hamilton says province should keep pot shops away from schools, pedestrians and LRT
CBC News, Apr. 17, 2018

Premier asks for community consultation on cannabis store locations
Toronto Star, Apr. 16, 2018

Wynne wants answers on Toronto cannabis store location near school
CBC Toronto (from the Canadian Press), Apr. 12, 2018

Ontario’s first four pot shops to be located in Toronto, Kingston, Guelph and Thunder Bay
Toronto Star, Apr. 12, 2018

Ontario Liberals promise $300-million to support special education
The Globe and Mail, Mar. 27, 2018

Special education gets $300 million funding boost
The Toronto Star, Mar. 26, 2018

All welcome here
OPSBA Letter to the Editor, The Globe and Mail, Feb. 20, 2018

Ontario school boards intensify spending war to lure students, maintain funding
The Globe and Mail, Feb. 14, 2018

Trustees recognized by public school boards association
The Wellington Advertiser, Feb. 2, 2018

Why we're so proud of Bruce and Susan
Guelph Today, Jan. 29, 2018

Guelph public school board trustees honoured for 25-plus years of service
Guelph Mercury Tribune, Jan. 29, 2018

School boards seek raises for executives as province ends a six-year pay freeze
The Ottawa Citizen, Jan. 16, 2018

Auditor takes aim at Wynne’s government over spending, waste, lax oversight
The Star, Dec. 6, 2017

School boards association raises question of store locations
North Bay Nugget, Nov. 15, 2017

Peterborough-area public school board supports move to suspend EQAO testing this school year
Durham Region News, Oct. 30, 2017

TDSB trustees want marijuana sales kept away from schools
The Toronto Star, Oct. 19, 2017

Solution for school bus driver shortage so far eluding Hamilton boards
Hamilton Spectator, Oct. 19, 2017

Long time Algoma District School Board Trustee and Chair wins prestigious award
Saultonline.com, Oct. 15, 2017

Give math strategy time: Hunter
Sault Star, Oct. 13, 2017

Peel Board wants province to cancel EQAO tests this year
The Toronto Star, October 11, 2017

Minister speaks at Sault conference
Sault Star, September 20, 2017

Half of Grade 6 students failed to meet province's math standard for 2nd year
CBC Toronto, August 30, 2017

Ontario elementary teachers' union calls for renaming John A. Macdonald schools
CTV, August 25, 2017

Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario calls on province to rename John. A Macdonald schools
Toronto Sun, August 24, 2017

A legacy under scrutiny
CTV National News, August 24, 2017 

Ontario elementary teachers' union want to rename John. A Macdonald schools
Canadian Press, August 24, 2017

Ontario school closings will be put on hold as province reviews process
Toronto Star, June 28, 2017

Halton, Peel Catholic boards receive funds for new schools, renovations
Toronto Star, June 20, 2017

Trustees deserve support, not trashing
Toronto Star, April 19, 2017

Province boosts education funding to $24B for next school year
Toronto Star, April 13, 2017

Muslim prayers in schools get provincial endorsement following intense meeting
Toronto Star, March 23, 2017

Cohn misrepresents role of school boards
Laurie French, OPSBA President, Letter to the Editor, Toronto Star, Feb. 6, 2017 

Rural Ontario school closings hit communities hard
The Star, Jan. 22, 2017

An Education for All (President Laurie French appears on TVO)
The Agenda, Jan. 16, 2017

Ontario to resume contract talks with public high-school teachers’ union
The Globe and Mail, Nov. 21, 2016

Province offers education unions contract extensions
The Star, Oct. 4, 2016

Budget cuts force Ontario music, French teachers out of classrooms
The Globe and Mail, Sept. 13, 2016

Halton boards also report school bus woes
Toronto Star, Sept. 12, 2016

A peaceful back-to-school is in store in Ontario
Toronto Star, Sept. 5, 2016

Province pays $250K to put sex-ed curriculum through Catholic lens
​Postmedia Network, Sept. 5, 2016

'Perpetual' bargaining for Ontario teachers
The Canadian Press, Sept. 4, 2016

School board trustee French acclaimed president of Ontario organization
Kingston Whig-Standard, June 19, 2016