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Call for Policy Resolutions & Proposed Amendments to the OPSBA Constitutionhttps://www.opsba.org/OPSBA Connects 2/Lists/Posts/ViewPost.aspx?ID=399Call for Policy Resolutions & Proposed Amendments to the OPSBA Constitution2020-02-19T17:32:37Z<div class="ExternalClassBAC914D01D1F4550AA85DBC315E6DC2C"><h3><span lang="EN">POLICY RESOLUTIONS</span></h3><h3><strong>Submission deadline:</strong> Friday, April 3, 2020</h3><p style="text-align:justify;">Friday, April 3, 2020 is the deadline for OPSBA member boards to submit policy resolutions for consideration by the general membership at the 2020 OPSBA Annual General Meeting. Policy resolutions from member boards that are passed at the AGM are incorporated into the work planning that takes place over the summer and are aligned with the action framework to achieve OPSBA's priorities for the year ahead. Please note:</p><ul><li>Policy resolutions must reflect the corporate position of a member school board and address issues that have provincial implications.</li><li>Proposals for action by OPSBA should be clearly described as part of the backgrounder and within the resolution itself.</li></ul><p>Policy resolutions received at OPSBA by Friday, April 3, 2020 will be reviewed by a Policy Resolutions Review Committee; i.e., members of Executive Council acting in this capacity. The policy resolutions, along with comments from the Policy Resolutions Review Committee, will be presented to the Board of Directors for information at their May 1-2, 2020 meeting before being forwarded to member boards.<br><br>In accordance with the OPSBA Constitution, policy resolutions may also be presented from the floor of the Annual General Meeting but are first subject to obtaining the approval of two-thirds of the delegates at the AGM to consider the new resolution. Once the approval to consider the new resolution has been obtained, the member board representative (delegate) who has introduced the new resolution from the floor must provide written copies of the resolution for every voting delegate.<br><br><strong class="ms-rteThemeBackColor-1-0"><a href="/EVENTS%20AND%20PUBLICATIONS/Documents/AGM_PolicyResolutionSubmissionGuidelines.pdf">Guidelines for Submission of Policy Resolutions, including submission form</a></strong><br></p><h3><span lang="EN">PROPOSED CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENTS</span></h3><h3><strong>Submission deadline:</strong> Friday, April 3, 2020<br></h3><p>Each year, member boards have an opportunity to submit proposals for amendments to the OPSBA Constitution for consideration by the Board of Directors. The deadline for submission this year is April 3 in order to allow time for staff and legal counsel to review the proposals and to prepare language before submission to the Board of Directors for consideration at their May 1-2 meeting. <br><br>This year, the AGM is being held on June 5 in Ottawa. The constitutional amendments take effect once they are confirmed by at least two-thirds of the votes cast at the Annual General Meeting. In some cases, a proposed constitutional amendment can be referred to a specially formed work group for further careful study and consideration of the full impact of the proposed change. That work group's recommendation(s) would be provided in time for the following year's process; i.e., consideration by the Board of Directors in May, and then forwarded to the Annual General Meeting for consideration by the delegates.<br><br><a title="OPSBA Constitution and By-Laws" href="http://www.opsba.org/Who%20We%20Are/Documents/Constitution_and_By-laws.pdf?Web=1" style="outline:0px;text-align:left;color:#008ce9;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;font-size:18px;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;font-weight:400;text-decoration:underline;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;background-color:transparent;"><strong style="font-weight:600;">OPSBA Constitution and By-Laws</strong></a><span style="font:400 18px/1.6 "plantin","georgia","cambria","times new roman","times","serif";text-align:left;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;text-decoration:none;word-spacing:0px;display:inline !important;white-space:normal;orphans:2;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;float:none;"> (last amended in July 2019)</span><br><br>Board submissions, including a clear rationale/background for the proposed Constitutional change <span style="font:400 18px/1.6 "plantin","georgia","cambria","times new roman","times","serif";text-align:left;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;text-decoration:none;word-spacing:0px;display:inline !important;white-space:normal;orphans:2;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;float:none;">(</span><span style="font:400 18px/1.6 "plantin","georgia","cambria","times new roman","times","serif";text-align:left;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;text-decoration:none;word-spacing:0px;display:inline !important;white-space:normal;orphans:2;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;float:none;">use the </span><span style="font:400 18px/1.6 "plantin","georgia","cambria","times new roman","times","serif";text-align:left;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;text-decoration:none;word-spacing:0px;display:inline !important;white-space:normal;orphans:2;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;float:none;">form provided</span><span style="font:400 18px/1.6 "plantin","georgia","cambria","times new roman","times","serif";text-align:left;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;text-decoration:none;word-spacing:0px;display:inline !important;white-space:normal;orphans:2;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;float:none;"> below</span><span style="font:400 18px/1.6 "plantin","georgia","cambria","times new roman","times","serif";text-align:left;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;text-decoration:none;word-spacing:0px;display:inline !important;white-space:normal;orphans:2;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;float:none;">)</span>, should be sent to Jane Hayes, Executive Coordinator, by <a title="email to Jane Hayes" href="mailto:webmaster@opsba.org" target="_blank">email</a>, by <span style="font:400 18px/1.6 "plantin","georgia","cambria","times new roman","times","serif";text-align:left;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;text-decoration:none;word-spacing:0px;display:inline;white-space:normal;orphans:2;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;float:none;">fax at (416) 340-7571</span>, or by mail to:</p><p>Jane Hayes, Executive Coordinator<br>Ontario Public School Boards' Association<br>439 University Ave., 18th Floor<br>Toronto, ON  M5G 1Y8<br></p><p><strong class="ms-rteThemeBackColor-1-0"><a href="/EVENTS%20AND%20PUBLICATIONS/Documents/AGM_ProposedAmendmentToTheConstitutionForm.pdf">Proposed Constitutional Amendments form</a></strong><br></p></div>https://www.opsba.org/OPSBA Connects 2/Lists/Posts/ViewPost.aspx?ID=399
Legislative Update - February 14, 2020https://www.opsba.org/OPSBA Connects 2/Lists/Posts/ViewPost.aspx?ID=398Legislative Update - February 14, 20202020-02-18T15:11:35Z<div class="ExternalClass9295ADAB16094C4D991C777909A5AA90"><p>The Legislative Assembly of Ontario resumes on February 18, 2020, after Family Day. </p><h3>2020 Pre-Budget Consultations and Ministry of Education 2020-21 Education Funding Consultation</h3><p>At the end of January, the Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs held Pre-Budget Consultation public hearings in Toronto, Sioux Lookout, Thunder Bay, Kitchener-Waterloo, Belleville, and Niagara. Four member boards were chosen to speak at the hearings to advocate for stable, responsive and equitable funding to support student achievement and well-being. OPSBA did provide a brief <a title="submission" href="/SiteCollectionDocuments/OPSBA%202020-21%20Pre-Budget%20Consultation%20submission%20-%20Jan%2023%20Final.pdf">submission</a> to the Committee.  In addition, OPSBA responded to the January 13 Ministry of Education consultation memo that asked stakeholders to provide "comments on initiatives that could support reducing red tape and administrative burden for the education sector."  Our <a title="response" href="/SiteCollectionDocuments/OPSBA%202020-21%20Education%20Funding%20GSN%20Submission.pdf">response</a> was based on our comprehensive member engagement process that included:</p><ul><li>Input at November regional meetings</li><li>Input from Northern member boards at PES regional meeting</li><li>Input from Indigenous Trustees' Council at PES meeting</li><li>Input from OPSBA's Policy Development and Education Program Work Teams</li><li>Data from the Board of Directors survey</li><li>Data from the member board senior business officials survey</li><li>Connections with key stakeholders, including PCODE and our student trustees</li><li>OPSBA senior team advice</li></ul><h3>Student Transportation<br></h3><p>On January 27, Sam Oosterhoff, the parliamentary assistant to the education minister, announced the province is moving ahead with a review of its school bus funding model. The province has established a Student Transportation Advisory Group to guide the review that will include representatives from school board associations and school bus stakeholder groups. The review is to include: Funding formula for student transportation; Consortia model and operations; and student transportation procurement. OPSBA attended the Advisory Group's first meeting, which was held on January 28, and a second stakeholder meeting will occur on February 27, 2020. <br></p><h3>Cannabis Consultation<br></h3><p>On February 10, the government announced a consultation on the potential implementation of additional cannabis business opportunities in the future, including:</p><ol><li>facilitating the sale of cannabis for consumption in establishments like lounges and cafes (cannabis consumption establishments); and,</li><li>cannabis special occasion permits (SOPs).</li></ol><p>The government's <a title="news release" href="https://news.ontario.ca/mag/en/2020/02/ontario-launches-consultations-on-expanding-cannabis-business-opportunities.html?utm_source=ondemand&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=m" target="_blank">news release</a> stated they would be meeting with "key groups, including industry representatives, public health and safety organizations, education stakeholders and Indigenous representatives, to ensure their expertise and advice help to inform next steps." Details have been posted on the government's <a title="Ontario Regulatory Registry" href="https://www.ontariocanada.com/registry/view_posting.jsp%3bjsessionid=4KCWZxWR-bpZxIPJzEUow9I?language=en&postingId=31588" target="_blank">Ontario Regulatory Registry</a>. The deadline for feedback is March 10, 2020. OPSBA will connect with the Ministry of Education about education stakeholder engagement and the Policy Development Work Team will review the feedback form for educational impacts.</p><h3>Poverty Reduction Strategy<br></h3><p>Last December the provincial government <a title="announced" href="https://news.ontario.ca/mcys/en/2019/12/ontario-looking-for-innovative-ideas-on-how-to-help-reduce-poverty.html" target="_blank">announced</a> its intention to develop a new poverty reduction strategy for Ontario. Recently, the <a title="online survey" href="https://engage.ontario.ca/en/engagement-initiatives/developing-new-poverty-reduction-strategy-ontario" target="_blank">online survey</a> was launched to seek feedback on the following areas:</p><ul><li>encouraging job creation and connecting people to employment</li><li>providing people with the right supports and services</li><li>lowering the cost of living and making life more affordable</li><li>the current Poverty Reduction Strategy</li></ul><p>The government is engaging with Indigenous partners, the public, people with experience living in poverty, service providers, employers, local partners and municipalities. The deadline to respond is March 30, 2020. OPSBA's work teams will review the online survey components.</p><h3>Other Information<br></h3><p> </p><ul><li>February 12, 2020 News Release -  <a title="Ontario Wraps Up 2020 Budget Consultations" href="https://news.ontario.ca/mof/en/2020/02/ontario-wraps-up-2020-budget-consultations.html?utm_source=ondemand&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=m" target="_blank">Ontario Wraps Up 2020 Budget Consultations</a><br></li></ul><p><strong>Please note:</strong> There continue to be many statements issued by the Minister of Education regarding labour issues. These are available on the <a title="Ministry of Education's website" href="http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/new/new.html" target="_blank">Ministry of Education's website</a>.<br></p></div>https://www.opsba.org/OPSBA Connects 2/Lists/Posts/ViewPost.aspx?ID=398
Legislative Update - January 31, 2020https://www.opsba.org/OPSBA Connects 2/Lists/Posts/ViewPost.aspx?ID=396Legislative Update - January 31, 20202020-02-04T15:33:13Z<div class="ExternalClass1C07A140F9AC4C98AA21A1BBBB227891"><p>There are two more weeks before the Legislative Assembly of Ontario returns from winter break and resumes on February 18, after Family Day. </p><h3>2020 Pre-Budget Consultations and Ministry of Education 2020-21 Education Funding Consultation</h3><p>From January 20 to 24, the Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs held Pre-Budget Consultation public hearings in Toronto, Sioux Lookout, Thunder Bay, Kitchener-Waterloo, Belleville, and Niagara. Four member boards were chosen to speak at the hearings to advocate for stable, responsive and equitable funding to support student achievement and well-being. In addition, OPSBA provided a brief <a title="submission" href="/SiteCollectionDocuments/OPSBA%202020-21%20Pre-Budget%20Consultation%20submission%20-%20Jan%2023%20Final.pdf">submission</a> to the Committee. Currently OPSBA is reviewing the data from a survey sent to all boards and preparing a more comprehensive submission to the Ministry of Education's 2020-21 Education Funding Feedback consultation. In addition to the survey, OPSBA has gathered input from regional meetings, discussions with the Policy Development and Education Program work teams, our Indigenous Trustees' Council, and a survey sent to Senior Business Officials at member boards. </p><p>On January 30, the Minister of Finance released its <a title="2019-20 Third Quarter Finances" href="https://news.ontario.ca/mof/en/2020/01/ontario-maintains-commitment-to-balanced-budget.html?utm_source=ondemand&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=m" target="_blank">2019-20 Third Quarter Finances</a>. The next fiscal update will be the 2020 Ontario Budget on or before March 31, 2020. </p><h3><span lang="EN-US">Provincial By-elections </span></h3><p>Two provincial by-elections have been called for the ridings of Ottawa-Vanier and Orléans due to the vacancies created by the retirement of Liberal MPP Nathalie Des Rosiers (Ottawa—Vanier) and the resignation of Liberal MPP Marie-France Lalonde (Orléans). Voting day will be February 27, 2020. The deadline to become a candidate February 13 at 2 p.m. By-election information, including candidates, can be found at the <a title="Elections Ontario website" href="https://www.elections.on.ca/en.html" target="_blank">Elections Ontario website</a>. </p><h3>Coronavirus Information</h3><p>The Minister of Health and the Minister of Education issued a <a title="joint statement" href="https://news.ontario.ca/mohltc/en/2020/01/ontario-protecting-students-from-emerging-issue-of-the-wuhan-novel-coronavirus.html?utm_source=ondemand&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=m" target="_blank">joint statement</a> with information about the Coronavirus. For the time being, the government is planning to provide regular updates on the province's ongoing response to the 2019 novel coronavirus. Dr. David Williams, Chief Medical Officer of Health, and Dr. Barbara Yaffe, Associate Chief Medical Officer of Health, will hold regular media briefings every Monday and Thursday. Many boards are working with their local public health units and issuing news releases to their board communities with factual information and recommendations for reducing the risk of transmission of the flu and respiratory illness. </p><p><a title="Letter from Ministry of Health to school community members" href="/OPSBA%20Connects%202/Documents/LetterMinOfHealthCoronavirus27Jan20.pdf" target="_blank">Letter from Ministry of Health to school community members</a> </p><p>For more information, the government has a <a title="dedicated webpage" href="https://www.ontario.ca/page/2019-novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov" target="_blank">dedicated webpage</a><br></p><h3>Student Transportation</h3><p>On January 27, Sam Oosterhoff, the parliamentary assistant to the education minister, announced the province is moving ahead with a review of its school bus funding model. The province has established a Student Transportation Advisory Group to guide the review that will include representatives from school board associations and school bus stakeholder groups. Details of the scope of the review were included in memo 2020-B02 Student Transportation Review  (attached). The review will include:</p><ul><li>Funding formula for student transportation</li><li>Consortia model and operations</li><li>Student transportation procurement<br></li></ul><p>OPSBA attended the Advisory group's first meeting, which was held January 28. Our Association last commented on this issue in 2018 in our <a title="response" href="/SiteCollectionDocuments/OPSBA%20submission%20re%20Transportation%20Consultation%20-%20April%204%202018.pdf">response</a> to the previous government's New Vision for Student Transportation in Ontario discussion paper. An OPSBA internal survey at that time found that the top four service issues were: ride times, driver retention, funding, and school bus safety. <br><br><a title="Ministry news release" href="https://news.ontario.ca/edu/en/2020/01/ontario-reviews-student-transportation-to-improve-school-bus-service-for-students-and-families.html?utm_source=ondemand&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=m" target="_blank">Ministry news release</a> <br></p><h3>Review of Peel District School Board<br></h3><p>In early November, at the request of the Chair and Director of Education, Minister of Education Stephen Lecce announced a review of the Peel District School Board. <a title="Ontario Regulation 43/10: Provincial Interest in Education" href="https://www.ontario.ca/laws/regulation/100043" target="_blank">Ontario Regulation 43/10: Provincial Interest in Education</a> was amended on November 8, 2019, to include a section referencing the review of the Peel DSB, which includes a revocation date of December 31, 2020. Education Minister Stephen Lecce released the <a title="interim report" href="https://news.ontario.ca/edu/en/2020/01/minister-of-education-releases-interim-report-on-peel-district-school-board-review.html?utm_source=ondemand&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=m" target="_blank">interim report</a> from the team conducting the provincial government's review. At least 350 members of the public who want to be interviewed about alleged racism at the province's second-largest school board have contacted the three-person review panel. <br></p><h3>Other Information<br></h3><ul><li>January 28, 2020 News Release - <a title="Ontario Establishes a New Framework to Continue Progress on Accessibilit" href="https://news.ontario.ca/oss/en/2020/01/ontario-establishes-a-new-framework-to-continue-progress-on-accessibility.html?utm_source=ondemand&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=m" target="_blank">Ontario Establishes a New Framework to Continue Progress on Accessibility</a><br></li><li>January 28, 2020 News Release - <a title="Government Expanding Hands-On Learning to Create More Opportunities" href="https://news.ontario.ca/mol/en/2020/01/government-expanding-hands-on-learning-to-create-more-opportunities.html?utm_source=ondemand&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=m" target="_blank">Government Expanding Hands-On Learning to Create More Opportunities</a> </li><li>January 27, 2020 News Release - <a title="Ontario Funds New French-Language High School in East Toronto" href="https://news.ontario.ca/edu/en/2020/01/ontario-funds-new-french-language-high-school-in-east-toronto.html?utm_source=ondemand&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=m" target="_blank">Ontario Funds New French-Language High School in East Toronto</a></li><li>January 2020 - <a title="Ontario Ombudsman's Newsletter" href="https://mailchi.mp/ombudsman/ombudsman-ontario-the-watchdog-november-2629131?e=4ead5c1b8d" target="_blank">Ontario Ombudsman's Newsletter</a><br></li></ul><p><strong>Please note:</strong> Many statements issued by the Minister of Education regarding labour issues continue to be made. These statements are available on the <a title="Ministry of Education's website" href="http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/new/new.html" target="_blank">Ministry of Education's website</a>.<br></p></div>https://www.opsba.org/OPSBA Connects 2/Lists/Posts/ViewPost.aspx?ID=396
OPSBA in the Media - February 2020https://www.opsba.org/OPSBA Connects 2/Lists/Posts/ViewPost.aspx?ID=395OPSBA in the Media - February 20202020-02-20T14:51:13Z<div class="ExternalClass7CA83A9258C347B58499C366E7094C7B"><p><a title="OPSBA RatifiesSettlement Reached with EWAO" href="/Media%20Desk/Pages/OPSBA-Ratifies-Settlement-Reached-with-EWAO.aspx">​</a><a href="/Media%20Desk/Pages/OPSBA-identifies-clear-funding-priorities-to-address-pressures-facing-school-boards---.aspx">OPSBA Media Release<em>, OPSBA identifies clear funding priorities to address pressures facing school boards, </em>Feb. 19, 2020</a><br></p><p><a title="OPSBA RatifiesSettlement Reached with EWAO" href="/Media%20Desk/Pages/OPSBA-Ratifies-Settlement-Reached-with-EWAO.aspx">OPSBA Media Release, <em>OPSBA RatifiesSettlement Reached with EWAO</em>, Feb. 4, 2020</a><br></p><p><strong>Boards ask province to lift ban on school closings</strong><br><strong>The Toronto Star, Feb. 19, 2020</strong><br>Ontario’s education minister says the ban on school closings won’t last forever, as boards clamour for the province to lift a three-year-old moratorium so they can deal with changing enrolments as well as tight budgets.<br><a title="More" href="https://www.thestar.com/news/ontario/2020/02/19/boards-ask-province-to-lift-ban-on-school-closings.html" target="_blank">More</a> ...<br></p><p><strong><strong style="text-align:left;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;font-size:18px;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;font-weight:600;text-decoration:none;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;">OPSBA 2020 President’s Award goes to ADSB trustee</strong><br style="text-align:left;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;font-size:18px;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;font-weight:400;text-decoration:none;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;"><strong style="text-align:left;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;font-size:18px;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;font-weight:600;text-decoration:none;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;">myespanolanow.com, Feb. 6, 2020</strong><br style="text-align:left;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;font-size:18px;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;font-weight:400;text-decoration:none;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;"><span style="font:400 18px/1.6 "plantin","georgia","cambria","times new roman","times","serif";text-align:left;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;text-decoration:none;word-spacing:0px;display:inline !important;white-space:normal;orphans:2;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;float:none;">A long-time Algoma District School Board trustee has been acknowledged at the provincial level for his years of service.</span><br style="text-align:left;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;font-size:18px;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;font-weight:400;text-decoration:none;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;"><a title="More" href="https://www.myespanolanow.com/31116/opsba-2020-presidents-award-goes-to-adsb-trustee/" target="_blank" style="outline:0px;text-align:left;color:#008ce9;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;font-size:18px;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;font-weight:400;text-decoration:underline;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;background-color:transparent;">More</a><span style="font:400 18px/1.6 "plantin","georgia","cambria","times new roman","times","serif";text-align:left;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;text-decoration:none;word-spacing:0px;display:inline !important;white-space:normal;orphans:2;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;float:none;"> ...</span><br></strong></p><p><strong>ADSB Trustee Russell Reid recipient of OPSBA President’s Award</strong><br><strong>wawa-news.com, Feb. 4, 2020</strong><br>Ontario Public School Board Association (OPSBA) held their 2020 Public Education Symposium (PES) last month in Toronto, in partnership with the Association des conseils scolaires des écoles publiques de l’Ontario (ACÉPO).<br>One of the highlights of the PES each year is awarding the OPSBA President’s Award.  This year, Algoma District School Board (ADSB) Trustee Russell Reid, was one of two recipients of the OPSBA President’s Award, which recognizes Trustees who have provided 25 years of service or more to public education in Ontario.<br><a title="More" href="https://wawa-news.com/index.php/2020/02/03/adsb-trustee-russell-reid-recipient-of-opsba-presidents-award/" target="_blank">More</a> ...<br></p></div>https://www.opsba.org/OPSBA Connects 2/Lists/Posts/ViewPost.aspx?ID=395
Apply now for the Lionel High School Chemistry Scholarshiphttps://www.opsba.org/OPSBA Connects 2/Lists/Posts/ViewPost.aspx?ID=394Apply now for the Lionel High School Chemistry Scholarship2020-01-28T18:27:34Z<div class="ExternalClass38990AF1F7B7436A9B1CB88E6E02AB3E"><p>The Lionel High School Chemistry Scholarship is a Chemical Institute of Canada (CIC) scholarship that was established to assist high school students who show an interest in studying chemistry, biochemistry, or chemical engineering at a postsecondary institution but would not be able to attend without significant financial assistance. The scholarship can be applied to a BSc program, a pre-university 2-year program, a diploma program at a college, or Cégep, within the year of graduation. The scholarship is given up to four years of tuition in the program at $4000 a year. Selection is based on achievement in school, interest in chemical-related studies, and financial need. Application deadline is March 2, 2020.<br></p><p><a href="https://www.cheminst.ca/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/Student_Awards-CIC_Lionel_Scholarships_072019.pdf">For more information, including eligibility and how to apply</a><br></p></div>https://www.opsba.org/OPSBA Connects 2/Lists/Posts/ViewPost.aspx?ID=394
More than 300 trustees and senior school board staff attend 2020 Public Education Symposium in Torontohttps://www.opsba.org/OPSBA Connects 2/Lists/Posts/ViewPost.aspx?ID=393More than 300 trustees and senior school board staff attend 2020 Public Education Symposium in Toronto2020-01-28T16:56:00Z<div class="ExternalClass7A6EB2FCAB5549B4933B5FED6D1E7A36"><p>OPSBA's 2020 Public Education Symposium (PES) was held from January 23 to 25 at the Sheraton Centre in Toronto, in partnership with the Association des conseils scolaires des écoles publiques de l'Ontario (ACÉPO). <br></p><ul><li>This year's PES featured a number of relevant keynote speakers including:</li><li>Minister of Education Stephen Lecce<br></li><li>Nik Nanos, Chief Data Scientist at Nanos Research</li><li>Michael Fullan, Director, Global Leadership</li><li>Ziya Tong, Canadian television personality and producer</li><li>Nouman Ashraf, Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream, Director, Equity, Diversity & Inclusion, Rotman School of Management<br></li></ul><p>The conference provided an engaging and informative professional development opportunity for more than 300 public school trustees and senior school board staff.<br><br>Workshops and plenary sessions for trustees included:<br></p><ul><li>Legal Restrictions on the Role of Trustee as Advocate</li><li>TED Ed Student panel moderated by York Region DSB teacher Will Gourley</li><li>Director of Education: Performance Appraisal – Policy and Procedures</li><li>Meeting Labour Market Needs for French as a Second Language Instruction in Ontario – What is Being Learned?</li><li>Strong Governance Practices and Locally Elected School Trustees</li><li>Communications and Advocacy in your Local Community</li><li>Code of Conduct, Conflict of interest and Integrity Commissioners</li><li>Workshop for Student Trustees</li></ul><p>Students from Peel DSB's Mayfield SS animation program provided an outstanding presentation of their learning through filmmaking on Thursday evening. An incredible performance from Ottawa's Chorale de la Salle of the Conseil des écoles publiques de l'Est de l'Ontario had Friday evening's attendees giving multiple standing ovations.<br></p><p>Algoma DSB Trustee Russell Reid, Ottawa-Carleton DSB Chair Lynn Scott, and Renfrew Country DSB trustee David Shields were the recipients of <a href="/what-we-do/awards-programs/presidents-award"><span lang="EN-US">OPSBA President's Award</span></a>, which recognizes trustees with 25 years of service to public education in Ontario. <br><br><em>View photos on Instagram: </em><a href="https://www.instagram.com/explore/tags/pesym20/"><em>#PESym20 </em></a><em>and </em><a href="https://www.instagram.com/opsba_official/"><span lang="EN-US"><em>@OPSBA_Official</em></span></a><br><br><em>View tweets: </em><a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23PESym20&src=typed_query"><em>#PESym20</em></a><br> <br><a href="/EVENTS%20AND%20PUBLICATIONS/Documents/PES_Program.pdf"><span lang="EN-US">View the full program</span></a><br> </p><h2>Future OPSBA Events<br></h2><p>We look forward to seeing you at future OPSBA events. Save these dates today!<br> <a href="/EVENTS%20AND%20PUBLICATIONS/Pages/Labour-Relations-Symposium.aspx"><span lang="EN-US">Education Labour Relations and Human Resources Symposium 2020</span></a><br> April 30 and May 1, 2020, Toronto<br><br><a href="file:///P:/ConnectsPost/opsba.org/events-and-publications/agm-program">OPSBA Annual General Meeting and Program</a><br>June 4 to 6, 2020, Ottawa<br></p></div>https://www.opsba.org/OPSBA Connects 2/Lists/Posts/ViewPost.aspx?ID=393
Legislative Update – January 17, 2020https://www.opsba.org/OPSBA Connects 2/Lists/Posts/ViewPost.aspx?ID=391Legislative Update – January 17, 20202020-01-28T16:44:39Z<div class="ExternalClass23E8A0654DC44107A9EA420E438F4B90"><p>The Legislative Assembly of Ontario is on winter break and is scheduled to return on February 18, 2020, after Family Day.<br></p><h3>2020 Pre-Budget Consultations – Dates Finalized</h3><p>The Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs are holding Pre-Budget Consultation public hearings across the province in Toronto, Sioux Lookout, Thunder Bay, Kitchener-Waterloo, Belleville, and Niagara. OPSBA has been working with member boards in those areas and have four boards who will be presenting and speaking about the need for stable, responsive and equitable funding to support student achievement and well-being. Written submissions need to be sent to the Clerk of the Committee by 6:00 p.m. on January 24, 2020. The clerk, Julia Douglas, is available at: <a href="mailto:comm-financeaffairs@ola.org" target="_blank">comm-financeaffairs@ola.org</a> </p><h3>Ministry of Education 2020-21 Education Funding Consultation</h3><p>The Ministry of Education released memo <a href="https://efis.fma.csc.gov.on.ca/faab/Memos/B2020/B01_EN.pdf">B:01, 2020-21 Education Funding Feedback</a> that includes information about the consultation approach to this year's Grant for Student Needs (GSN). This year's process does not include specific funding questions but rather asks for "comments on initiatives that could support reducing red tape and administrative burden for the education sector." Following the initial discussion at most regional meetings in early November, OSPBA has created a brief survey seeking information from all boards to help inform its final submission which was sent to all OPSBA Board of Director members. Education Funding will be an agenda item at the upcoming work team and ITC meetings held at PES. The feedback deadline is January 31, 2020 and OPSBA has asked for an extension.<br></p><h3>Other Information<br></h3><p>January 17, 2020 News Release - <a title="Ontario Investing $200 Million in Small, Rural and Northern Communities" href="https://news.ontario.ca/opo/en/2020/01/ontario-investing-200-million-in-small-rural-and-northern-communities.html?utm_source=ondemand&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=m" target="_blank">Ontario Investing $200 Million in Small, Rural and Northern Communities</a> </p><p>January 16, 2020 News Release - <a title="Applications Open for the Minister's Advisory Council on Special Education" href="https://news.ontario.ca/edu/en/2020/01/applications-open-for-the-ministers-advisory-council-on-special-education.html?utm_source=ondemand&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=m" target="_blank">Applications Open for the Minister's Advisory Council on Special Education</a> </p><p>January 15, 2020 News Release - <a title="Government Stands with Parents and Kids During Union-Led Strike Actions in Schools" href="https://news.ontario.ca/edu/en/2020/01/government-stands-with-parents-and-kids-during-union-led-strike-actions-in-schools.html?utm_source=ondemand&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=m" target="_blank">Government Stands with Parents and Kids During Union-Led Strike Actions in Schools</a> </p><p>January 13, 2020 <a title="Statement from the Minister of Francophone Affairs on the Appointment of a New French Language Services Commissioner" href="https://news.ontario.ca/ofa/en/2020/01/statement-from-the-minister-of-francophone-affairs-on-the-appointment-of-a-new-french-language-servi.html?utm_source=ondemand&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=m" target="_blank">Statement from the Minister of Francophone Affairs on the Appointment of a New French Language Services Commissioner</a> </p><p>January 10, 2020 News Release - <a title="Ontario takes Action to Address Skilled Trades Shortage" href="https://news.ontario.ca/mol/en/2020/01/ontario-takes-action-to-address-skilled-trades-shortage.html?utm_source=ondemand&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=m" target="_blank">Ontario takes Action to Address Skilled Trades Shortage</a> </p><p>January 8, 2020 Statement - <a title="Minister of Education on EQAO Testing" href="https://news.ontario.ca/edu/en/2020/01/minister-of-education-on-eqao-testing.html?utm_source=ondemand&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=m" target="_blank">Minister of Education on EQAO Testing</a> </p><p>December 21, 2019 News Release - <a title="Third Reviewer Added to Peel District School Board Review" href="https://news.ontario.ca/edu/en/2019/12/third-reviewer-added-to-peel-district-school-board-review.html?utm_source=ondemand&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=m" target="_blank">Third Reviewer Added to Peel District School Board Review</a></p><p>Ontario Ombudsman - <a title="December Newsletter" href="https://mailchi.mp/ombudsman/ombudsman-ontario-the-watchdog-december-2019?e=4ead5c1b8d" target="_blank">December Newsletter</a><br></p><p><strong>Please note:</strong> There were several recent statements issued by the Minister of Education regarding labour issues. These are available at: <a href="http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/new/new.html">http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/new/new.html</a><br></p></div>https://www.opsba.org/OPSBA Connects 2/Lists/Posts/ViewPost.aspx?ID=391
Register Now for OCT Conferencehttps://www.opsba.org/OPSBA Connects 2/Lists/Posts/ViewPost.aspx?ID=390Register Now for OCT Conference2020-01-10T14:13:24Z<div class="ExternalClass9BF24050A87745C28E3E4FAD4F86B7BB"><p>​<em>Inspiring Public Confidence</em>, an Ontario College of Teachers (OCT) conference will feature workshops focused on critical issues concerning regulators, the public, employers of Ontario Certified Teachers and providers of teacher education. Conference keynote speakers include: </p><ul><li><strong>Senator Murray Sinclair</strong>, former Chief Commissioner of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and </li><li><strong>Blaise Aguirre, MD</strong>, an internationally recognized child and adolescent psychiatrist known for his extensive work in the treatment of mood and personality disorders. </li></ul><p>Workshops will be offered in English or French, or by simultaneous interpretation. Simultaneous interpretation will also be available for all keynote addresses.</p><p><a title="To register" href="https://www.gifttool.com/registrar/ShowEventDetails?ID=1728&EID=27880" target="_blank"><span lang="EN-US" style="font-family:"times new roman",serif;font-size:14pt;">For more information and to register <span lang="EN-US" style="font-family:"times new roman",serif;font-size:18pt;">»</span></span></a><br></p></div>https://www.opsba.org/OPSBA Connects 2/Lists/Posts/ViewPost.aspx?ID=390
OPSBA in the Media, January 2020https://www.opsba.org/OPSBA Connects 2/Lists/Posts/ViewPost.aspx?ID=386OPSBA in the Media, January 20202020-02-06T14:40:33Z<div class="ExternalClassA649A620BAD34F75AEB5D9608EC874D3"><div><div><div><div><div><div><p><strong>Ontario teachers to hold weekly strikes until deal with province reached</strong><br><strong>The Globe and Mail, Jan. 27, 2020</strong><br>Ontario’s public elementary schools will be closed for two days next week as teachers step up job action amid stalled contract talks with the provincial government.<br><a title="More" href="https://www.theglobeandmail.com/canada/article-ontarios-elementary-school-teachers-plan-one-day-strike-on-feb-6-if/" target="_blank">More</a> ...<br></p><p><strong>Doug Ford government waiting for mediator to restart talks, says Education Minister Stephen Lecce</strong><br><strong>Welland Tribune, Jan. 21, 2020</strong><br>Education Minister Stephen Lecce says the province will return to talks with teachers when mediators call all sides back to the bargaining table.<br><a title="More" href="https://www.wellandtribune.ca/news-story/9815895-doug-ford-government-waiting-for-mediator-to-restart-talks-says-education-minister-stephen-lecce/" target="_blank">More</a> ...<br></p><p><strong>Doug Ford government waiting for mediator to restart talks, says Education Minister Stephen Lecce</strong><br><strong>The Toronto Star, Jan. 20, 2020</strong><br>Education Minister Stephen Lecce says the province will return to talks with teachers when mediators call all sides back to the bargaining table.<br><a title="More" href="https://www.thestar.com/politics/provincial/2020/01/20/doug-ford-government-waiting-for-mediator-to-restart-talks-says-education-minister-stephen-lecce.html" target="_blank">More</a> ...<strong><br></strong></p><p>All four Ontario teacher unions now engaged in job action as talks with province stall<br>The Toronto Star, Jan. 14, 2020<br>For the first time in more than two decades, all of the province’s teacher unions are involved in job action — ranging from work-to-rule to rotating one-day strikes.<br><a title="More" href="https://www.thestar.com/politics/provincial/2020/01/14/all-four-ontario-teach-unions-now-engaged-in-job-action-as-talks-with-province-stall.html" target="_blank">More</a> ...</p><p><strong>Confidential memo raises eyebrows with request for school boards to reduce ‘red tape’</strong><br><strong>The Toronto Star, Jan. 14, 2020</strong><br>A confidential memo sent to school boards from the education ministry asks them to think of ways to “support reducing red tape and administrative burden” as the province looks to set funding levels for the next school year.<br><a title="More" href="https://www.thestar.com/politics/provincial/2020/01/14/confidential-memo-raises-eyebrows-with-request-for-school-boards-to-reduce-red-tape.html" target="_blank">More</a> ...<br></p><p><strong>Ontario education minister says school boards can delay Grade 9 EQAO testing</strong><br><strong>Niagara Falls Review, Jan. 9, 2020</strong><br>TORONTO — A standardized test for Grade 9 math students may not go ahead next week as planned in most schools, Education Minister Stephen Lecce said Wednesday, as a result of teacher job action.<br><a title="More" href="https://www.niagarafallsreview.ca/news-story/9801541-ontario-education-minister-says-school-boards-can-delay-grade-9-eqao-testing/" target="_blank">More</a> ...</p><p><strong>Grade 9 math tests up in the air as rotating teacher strikes continue</strong><br><strong>The Toronto Star, Jan. 8, 2020</strong><br>Standardized math tests slated to start Monday for Grade 9 students have been thrown into uncertainty as Education Minister Stephen Lecce gives school boards across Ontario the authority to postpone them until June.<br><a title="More" href="https://www.thestar.com/politics/provincial/2020/01/08/ontarios-catholic-school-teachers-start-work-to-rule-campaign-monday.html" target="_blank">More</a> ...<br></p><p><strong>Ontario high school teachers plan a fourth, one-day ‘Wednesday walkout’</strong><br><strong>The Toronto Star, Jan. 3, 2020</strong><br>Classes resume for Ontario students next week — and so do the one-day strikes by public high school teachers.<br><strong><a title="More" href="https://www.thestar.com/politics/provincial/2020/01/03/ontario-high-school-teachers-plan-a-fourth-one-day-wednesday-walkout.html" target="_blank">More</a></strong> ...<br></p></div></div></div></div></div></div></div>https://www.opsba.org/OPSBA Connects 2/Lists/Posts/ViewPost.aspx?ID=386
Legislative Update - December 20, 2019https://www.opsba.org/OPSBA Connects 2/Lists/Posts/ViewPost.aspx?ID=385Legislative Update - December 20, 20192020-01-02T16:20:22Z<div class="ExternalClass2CD7E25EB46043079C56FFED2946BD03"><p>The Legislative Assembly of Ontario is recessed for the winter break and is scheduled to return on February 18, 2020, after Family Day. </p><h3>2020 Pre-Budget Consultations</h3><p>On December 18, Minister of Finance Rod Phillips launched the first of a series of budget consultations that will run across Ontario throughout the months of January and February.  During that time, Ontarians will be invited to participate via <a title="an online survey" href="https://www.ontario.ca/form/survey-2020-ontario-budget" target="_blank">an online survey</a>, attend an in-person session (details below) and/or, send in a written submission. The deadline for the survey and written submissions is February 11, 2020. </p><p>The Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs will hold Pre-Budget Consultation public hearings in Toronto on January 17, 2020 and in Sioux Lookout, Thunder Bay, Kitchener-Waterloo, Belleville, and Niagara during the week of January 20, 2020. Interested people who wish to be considered to make an oral presentation to the Committee on January 17, 2020, or during the week of January 20, 2020, are required to provide their contact name, mailing address, phone number, and email address directly to the Clerk of the Committee by 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, January 9, 2020, in order to be registered. Those who do not wish to make an oral presentation but wish to comment on the issue may send a written submission to the Clerk of the Committee at the email or mailing address below by 6:00 p.m. on Friday, January 24, 2020. The clerk, Julia Douglas, can be reached at <a href="mailto:comm-financeaffairs@ola.org">comm-financeaffairs@ola.org</a>. </p><p><a title="Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs details" href="https://www.ola.org/en/legislative-business/committees/finance-economic-affairs/parliament-42" target="_blank">Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs details</a></p><p><a title="Ministry of Finance news release" href="https://news.ontario.ca/mof/en/2019/12/ontario-government-launches-2020-budget-consultations.html?utm_source=ondemand&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=m" target="_blank">Ministry of Finance news release</a></p><p><a title="Details about 2020 Budget consultations" href="https://www.ontario.ca/page/2020-budget-consultations" target="_blank">Details about 2020 Budget consultations</a> </p><h3>The Ontario Human Rights Commission (OHRC) Right to Read Public Hearings</h3><p>Earlier in the fall, the OHRC announced its intention to conduct a public inquiry into potential human rights issues that affect students with reading disabilities in Ontario's public education system. On December 18, the OHRC announced details regarding the The "Right to Read" inquiry that will be reaching out to parents, students and educators across the province to hear about their experiences, challenges and concerns. The inquiry is also assessing whether school boards use scientific evidence-based approaches to meet students' right to read. The OHRC selected eight school boards to assess their compliance with their obligation to provide equal treatment to students with reading disabilities. The English public school boards involved include: the Hamilton Wentworth District School Board; the Keewatin-Patricia District School Board, the Lakehead District School Board, the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board, the Peel District School Board, and the Thames Valley District School Board. </p><p>Public hearings will begin on January 14, 2020 in Brampton, January 29 in London, February 25 in Thunder Bay and March 10 in Ottawa. There is an online survey for students with reading disabilities or their parents and guardians. A separate survey will be available for educators and others. OPSBA will follow up as to how the Association might participate. </p><p><a title="OHRC website" href="http://www.ohrc.on.ca/en/right-read-public-inquiry-on-reading-disabilities" target="_blank">OHRC website for more information, including student/parent/guardian survey</a><br></p><p><a title="OHRC news release" href="http://www.ohrc.on.ca/en/news_centre/ohrc-announces-locations-right-read-public-hearings" target="_blank">OHRC news release</a></p><h3>Other Information</h3><ul><li>December 18, 2019 - News Release, <a title="A Successful Year of Building Ontario Together" href="https://news.ontario.ca/opo/en/2019/12/a-successful-year-of-building-ontario-together.html?utm_source=ondemand&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=m" target="_blank">A Successful Year of Building Ontario Together</a></li><li>December 17, 2019 - News Release, <a title="Ontario to Implement Needs-Based Autism Program In-Line with Advisory Panel's Advice" href="https://news.ontario.ca/mcys/en/2019/12/ontario-to-implement-needs-based-autism-program-in-line-with-advisory-panels-advice.html?utm_source=ondemand&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=m" target="_blank">Ontario to Implement Needs-Based Autism Program In-Line with Advisory Panel's Advice</a></li><li>December 13, 2019 - Statement, <a title="Minister of Education on Continued OSSTF Job Action" href="https://news.ontario.ca/edu/en/2019/12/minister-of-education-on-continued-osstf-job-action.html?utm_source=ondemand&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=m" target="_blank">Minister of Education on Continued OSSTF Job Action</a><br></li></ul><p><br></p></div>https://www.opsba.org/OPSBA Connects 2/Lists/Posts/ViewPost.aspx?ID=385

Feb 19
Call for Policy Resolutions & Proposed Amendments to the OPSBA Constitution

POLICY RESOLUTIONS

Submission deadline: Friday, April 3, 2020

Friday, April 3, 2020 is the deadline for OPSBA member boards to submit policy resolutions for consideration by the general membership at the 2020 OPSBA Annual General Meeting. Policy resolutions from member boards that are passed at the AGM are incorporated into the work planning that takes place over the summer and are aligned with the action framework to achieve OPSBA's priorities for the year ahead. Please note:

  • Policy resolutions must reflect the corporate position of a member school board and address issues that have provincial implications.
  • Proposals for action by OPSBA should be clearly described as part of the backgrounder and within the resolution itself.

Policy resolutions received at OPSBA by Friday, April 3, 2020 will be reviewed by a Policy Resolutions Review Committee; i.e., members of Executive Council acting in this capacity. The policy resolutions, along with comments from the Policy Resolutions Review Committee, will be presented to the Board of Directors for information at their May 1-2, 2020 meeting before being forwarded to member boards.

In accordance with the OPSBA Constitution, policy resolutions may also be presented from the floor of the Annual General Meeting but are first subject to obtaining the approval of two-thirds of the delegates at the AGM to consider the new resolution. Once the approval to consider the new resolution has been obtained, the member board representative (delegate) who has introduced the new resolution from the floor must provide written copies of the resolution for every voting delegate.

Guidelines for Submission of Policy Resolutions, including submission form

PROPOSED CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENTS

Submission deadline: Friday, April 3, 2020

Each year, member boards have an opportunity to submit proposals for amendments to the OPSBA Constitution for consideration by the Board of Directors. The deadline for submission this year is April 3 in order to allow time for staff and legal counsel to review the proposals and to prepare language before submission to the Board of Directors for consideration at their May 1-2 meeting.

This year, the AGM is being held on June 5 in Ottawa. The constitutional amendments take effect once they are confirmed by at least two-thirds of the votes cast at the Annual General Meeting. In some cases, a proposed constitutional amendment can be referred to a specially formed work group for further careful study and consideration of the full impact of the proposed change. That work group's recommendation(s) would be provided in time for the following year's process; i.e., consideration by the Board of Directors in May, and then forwarded to the Annual General Meeting for consideration by the delegates.

OPSBA Constitution and By-Laws (last amended in July 2019)

Board submissions, including a clear rationale/background for the proposed Constitutional change (use the form provided below), should be sent to Jane Hayes, Executive Coordinator, by email, by fax at (416) 340-7571, or by mail to:

Jane Hayes, Executive Coordinator
Ontario Public School Boards' Association
439 University Ave., 18th Floor
Toronto, ON  M5G 1Y8

Proposed Constitutional Amendments form

Feb 18
Legislative Update - February 14, 2020

The Legislative Assembly of Ontario resumes on February 18, 2020, after Family Day. 

2020 Pre-Budget Consultations and Ministry of Education 2020-21 Education Funding Consultation

At the end of January, the Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs held Pre-Budget Consultation public hearings in Toronto, Sioux Lookout, Thunder Bay, Kitchener-Waterloo, Belleville, and Niagara. Four member boards were chosen to speak at the hearings to advocate for stable, responsive and equitable funding to support student achievement and well-being. OPSBA did provide a brief submission to the Committee.  In addition, OPSBA responded to the January 13 Ministry of Education consultation memo that asked stakeholders to provide "comments on initiatives that could support reducing red tape and administrative burden for the education sector."  Our response was based on our comprehensive member engagement process that included:

  • Input at November regional meetings
  • Input from Northern member boards at PES regional meeting
  • Input from Indigenous Trustees' Council at PES meeting
  • Input from OPSBA's Policy Development and Education Program Work Teams
  • Data from the Board of Directors survey
  • Data from the member board senior business officials survey
  • Connections with key stakeholders, including PCODE and our student trustees
  • OPSBA senior team advice

Student Transportation

On January 27, Sam Oosterhoff, the parliamentary assistant to the education minister, announced the province is moving ahead with a review of its school bus funding model. The province has established a Student Transportation Advisory Group to guide the review that will include representatives from school board associations and school bus stakeholder groups. The review is to include: Funding formula for student transportation; Consortia model and operations; and student transportation procurement. OPSBA attended the Advisory Group's first meeting, which was held on January 28, and a second stakeholder meeting will occur on February 27, 2020. 

Cannabis Consultation

On February 10, the government announced a consultation on the potential implementation of additional cannabis business opportunities in the future, including:

  1. facilitating the sale of cannabis for consumption in establishments like lounges and cafes (cannabis consumption establishments); and,
  2. cannabis special occasion permits (SOPs).

The government's news release stated they would be meeting with "key groups, including industry representatives, public health and safety organizations, education stakeholders and Indigenous representatives, to ensure their expertise and advice help to inform next steps." Details have been posted on the government's Ontario Regulatory Registry. The deadline for feedback is March 10, 2020. OPSBA will connect with the Ministry of Education about education stakeholder engagement and the Policy Development Work Team will review the feedback form for educational impacts.

Poverty Reduction Strategy

Last December the provincial government announced its intention to develop a new poverty reduction strategy for Ontario. Recently, the online survey was launched to seek feedback on the following areas:

  • encouraging job creation and connecting people to employment
  • providing people with the right supports and services
  • lowering the cost of living and making life more affordable
  • the current Poverty Reduction Strategy

The government is engaging with Indigenous partners, the public, people with experience living in poverty, service providers, employers, local partners and municipalities. The deadline to respond is March 30, 2020. OPSBA's work teams will review the online survey components.

Other Information

 

Please note: There continue to be many statements issued by the Minister of Education regarding labour issues. These are available on the Ministry of Education's website.

Feb 04
Legislative Update - January 31, 2020

There are two more weeks before the Legislative Assembly of Ontario returns from winter break and resumes on February 18, after Family Day. 

2020 Pre-Budget Consultations and Ministry of Education 2020-21 Education Funding Consultation

From January 20 to 24, the Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs held Pre-Budget Consultation public hearings in Toronto, Sioux Lookout, Thunder Bay, Kitchener-Waterloo, Belleville, and Niagara. Four member boards were chosen to speak at the hearings to advocate for stable, responsive and equitable funding to support student achievement and well-being. In addition, OPSBA provided a brief submission to the Committee. Currently OPSBA is reviewing the data from a survey sent to all boards and preparing a more comprehensive submission to the Ministry of Education's 2020-21 Education Funding Feedback consultation. In addition to the survey, OPSBA has gathered input from regional meetings, discussions with the Policy Development and Education Program work teams, our Indigenous Trustees' Council, and a survey sent to Senior Business Officials at member boards. 

On January 30, the Minister of Finance released its 2019-20 Third Quarter Finances. The next fiscal update will be the 2020 Ontario Budget on or before March 31, 2020. 

Provincial By-elections

Two provincial by-elections have been called for the ridings of Ottawa-Vanier and Orléans due to the vacancies created by the retirement of Liberal MPP Nathalie Des Rosiers (Ottawa—Vanier) and the resignation of Liberal MPP Marie-France Lalonde (Orléans). Voting day will be February 27, 2020. The deadline to become a candidate February 13 at 2 p.m. By-election information, including candidates, can be found at the Elections Ontario website

Coronavirus Information

The Minister of Health and the Minister of Education issued a joint statement with information about the Coronavirus. For the time being, the government is planning to provide regular updates on the province's ongoing response to the 2019 novel coronavirus. Dr. David Williams, Chief Medical Officer of Health, and Dr. Barbara Yaffe, Associate Chief Medical Officer of Health, will hold regular media briefings every Monday and Thursday. Many boards are working with their local public health units and issuing news releases to their board communities with factual information and recommendations for reducing the risk of transmission of the flu and respiratory illness. 

Letter from Ministry of Health to school community members 

For more information, the government has a dedicated webpage

Student Transportation

On January 27, Sam Oosterhoff, the parliamentary assistant to the education minister, announced the province is moving ahead with a review of its school bus funding model. The province has established a Student Transportation Advisory Group to guide the review that will include representatives from school board associations and school bus stakeholder groups. Details of the scope of the review were included in memo 2020-B02 Student Transportation Review  (attached). The review will include:

  • Funding formula for student transportation
  • Consortia model and operations
  • Student transportation procurement

OPSBA attended the Advisory group's first meeting, which was held January 28. Our Association last commented on this issue in 2018 in our response to the previous government's New Vision for Student Transportation in Ontario discussion paper. An OPSBA internal survey at that time found that the top four service issues were: ride times, driver retention, funding, and school bus safety. 

Ministry news release 

Review of Peel District School Board

In early November, at the request of the Chair and Director of Education, Minister of Education Stephen Lecce announced a review of the Peel District School Board. Ontario Regulation 43/10: Provincial Interest in Education was amended on November 8, 2019, to include a section referencing the review of the Peel DSB, which includes a revocation date of December 31, 2020. Education Minister Stephen Lecce released the interim report from the team conducting the provincial government's review. At least 350 members of the public who want to be interviewed about alleged racism at the province's second-largest school board have contacted the three-person review panel. 

Other Information

Please note: Many statements issued by the Minister of Education regarding labour issues continue to be made. These statements are available on the Ministry of Education's website.

Feb 04
OPSBA in the Media - February 2020

OPSBA Media Release, OPSBA identifies clear funding priorities to address pressures facing school boards, Feb. 19, 2020

OPSBA Media Release, OPSBA RatifiesSettlement Reached with EWAO, Feb. 4, 2020

Boards ask province to lift ban on school closings
The Toronto Star, Feb. 19, 2020
Ontario’s education minister says the ban on school closings won’t last forever, as boards clamour for the province to lift a three-year-old moratorium so they can deal with changing enrolments as well as tight budgets.
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OPSBA 2020 President’s Award goes to ADSB trustee
myespanolanow.com, Feb. 6, 2020
A long-time Algoma District School Board trustee has been acknowledged at the provincial level for his years of service.
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ADSB Trustee Russell Reid recipient of OPSBA President’s Award
wawa-news.com, Feb. 4, 2020
Ontario Public School Board Association (OPSBA) held their 2020 Public Education Symposium (PES) last month in Toronto, in partnership with the Association des conseils scolaires des écoles publiques de l’Ontario (ACÉPO).
One of the highlights of the PES each year is awarding the OPSBA President’s Award.  This year, Algoma District School Board (ADSB) Trustee Russell Reid, was one of two recipients of the OPSBA President’s Award, which recognizes Trustees who have provided 25 years of service or more to public education in Ontario.
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Jan 28
Apply now for the Lionel High School Chemistry Scholarship

The Lionel High School Chemistry Scholarship is a Chemical Institute of Canada (CIC) scholarship that was established to assist high school students who show an interest in studying chemistry, biochemistry, or chemical engineering at a postsecondary institution but would not be able to attend without significant financial assistance. The scholarship can be applied to a BSc program, a pre-university 2-year program, a diploma program at a college, or Cégep, within the year of graduation. The scholarship is given up to four years of tuition in the program at $4000 a year. Selection is based on achievement in school, interest in chemical-related studies, and financial need. Application deadline is March 2, 2020.

For more information, including eligibility and how to apply

Jan 28
More than 300 trustees and senior school board staff attend 2020 Public Education Symposium in Toronto

OPSBA's 2020 Public Education Symposium (PES) was held from January 23 to 25 at the Sheraton Centre in Toronto, in partnership with the Association des conseils scolaires des écoles publiques de l'Ontario (ACÉPO). 

  • This year's PES featured a number of relevant keynote speakers including:
  • Minister of Education Stephen Lecce
  • Nik Nanos, Chief Data Scientist at Nanos Research
  • Michael Fullan, Director, Global Leadership
  • Ziya Tong, Canadian television personality and producer
  • Nouman Ashraf, Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream, Director, Equity, Diversity & Inclusion, Rotman School of Management

The conference provided an engaging and informative professional development opportunity for more than 300 public school trustees and senior school board staff.

Workshops and plenary sessions for trustees included:

  • Legal Restrictions on the Role of Trustee as Advocate
  • TED Ed Student panel moderated by York Region DSB teacher Will Gourley
  • Director of Education: Performance Appraisal – Policy and Procedures
  • Meeting Labour Market Needs for French as a Second Language Instruction in Ontario – What is Being Learned?
  • Strong Governance Practices and Locally Elected School Trustees
  • Communications and Advocacy in your Local Community
  • Code of Conduct, Conflict of interest and Integrity Commissioners
  • Workshop for Student Trustees

Students from Peel DSB's Mayfield SS animation program provided an outstanding presentation of their learning through filmmaking on Thursday evening. An incredible performance from Ottawa's Chorale de la Salle of the Conseil des écoles publiques de l'Est de l'Ontario had Friday evening's attendees giving multiple standing ovations.

Algoma DSB Trustee Russell Reid, Ottawa-Carleton DSB Chair Lynn Scott, and Renfrew Country DSB trustee David Shields were the recipients of OPSBA President's Award, which recognizes trustees with 25 years of service to public education in Ontario. 

View photos on Instagram: #PESym20 and @OPSBA_Official

View tweets: #PESym20

View the full program

Future OPSBA Events

We look forward to seeing you at future OPSBA events. Save these dates today!
Education Labour Relations and Human Resources Symposium 2020
April 30 and May 1, 2020, Toronto

OPSBA Annual General Meeting and Program
June 4 to 6, 2020, Ottawa

Jan 24
Legislative Update – January 17, 2020

The Legislative Assembly of Ontario is on winter break and is scheduled to return on February 18, 2020, after Family Day.

2020 Pre-Budget Consultations – Dates Finalized

The Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs are holding Pre-Budget Consultation public hearings across the province in Toronto, Sioux Lookout, Thunder Bay, Kitchener-Waterloo, Belleville, and Niagara. OPSBA has been working with member boards in those areas and have four boards who will be presenting and speaking about the need for stable, responsive and equitable funding to support student achievement and well-being. Written submissions need to be sent to the Clerk of the Committee by 6:00 p.m. on January 24, 2020. The clerk, Julia Douglas, is available at: comm-financeaffairs@ola.org 

Ministry of Education 2020-21 Education Funding Consultation

The Ministry of Education released memo B:01, 2020-21 Education Funding Feedback that includes information about the consultation approach to this year's Grant for Student Needs (GSN). This year's process does not include specific funding questions but rather asks for "comments on initiatives that could support reducing red tape and administrative burden for the education sector." Following the initial discussion at most regional meetings in early November, OSPBA has created a brief survey seeking information from all boards to help inform its final submission which was sent to all OPSBA Board of Director members. Education Funding will be an agenda item at the upcoming work team and ITC meetings held at PES. The feedback deadline is January 31, 2020 and OPSBA has asked for an extension.

Other Information

January 17, 2020 News Release - Ontario Investing $200 Million in Small, Rural and Northern Communities

January 16, 2020 News Release - Applications Open for the Minister's Advisory Council on Special Education

January 15, 2020 News Release - Government Stands with Parents and Kids During Union-Led Strike Actions in Schools

January 13, 2020 Statement from the Minister of Francophone Affairs on the Appointment of a New French Language Services Commissioner

January 10, 2020 News Release - Ontario takes Action to Address Skilled Trades Shortage

January 8, 2020 Statement - Minister of Education on EQAO Testing

December 21, 2019 News Release - Third Reviewer Added to Peel District School Board Review

Ontario Ombudsman - December Newsletter

Please note: There were several recent statements issued by the Minister of Education regarding labour issues. These are available at: http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/new/new.html

Jan 10
Register Now for OCT Conference

Inspiring Public Confidence, an Ontario College of Teachers (OCT) conference will feature workshops focused on critical issues concerning regulators, the public, employers of Ontario Certified Teachers and providers of teacher education. Conference keynote speakers include:

  • Senator Murray Sinclair, former Chief Commissioner of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and
  • Blaise Aguirre, MD, an internationally recognized child and adolescent psychiatrist known for his extensive work in the treatment of mood and personality disorders. 

Workshops will be offered in English or French, or by simultaneous interpretation. Simultaneous interpretation will also be available for all keynote addresses.

For more information and to register »

Jan 06
OPSBA in the Media, January 2020

Ontario teachers to hold weekly strikes until deal with province reached
The Globe and Mail, Jan. 27, 2020
Ontario’s public elementary schools will be closed for two days next week as teachers step up job action amid stalled contract talks with the provincial government.
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Doug Ford government waiting for mediator to restart talks, says Education Minister Stephen Lecce
Welland Tribune, Jan. 21, 2020
Education Minister Stephen Lecce says the province will return to talks with teachers when mediators call all sides back to the bargaining table.
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Doug Ford government waiting for mediator to restart talks, says Education Minister Stephen Lecce
The Toronto Star, Jan. 20, 2020
Education Minister Stephen Lecce says the province will return to talks with teachers when mediators call all sides back to the bargaining table.
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All four Ontario teacher unions now engaged in job action as talks with province stall
The Toronto Star, Jan. 14, 2020
For the first time in more than two decades, all of the province’s teacher unions are involved in job action — ranging from work-to-rule to rotating one-day strikes.
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Confidential memo raises eyebrows with request for school boards to reduce ‘red tape’
The Toronto Star, Jan. 14, 2020
A confidential memo sent to school boards from the education ministry asks them to think of ways to “support reducing red tape and administrative burden” as the province looks to set funding levels for the next school year.
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Ontario education minister says school boards can delay Grade 9 EQAO testing
Niagara Falls Review, Jan. 9, 2020
TORONTO — A standardized test for Grade 9 math students may not go ahead next week as planned in most schools, Education Minister Stephen Lecce said Wednesday, as a result of teacher job action.
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Grade 9 math tests up in the air as rotating teacher strikes continue
The Toronto Star, Jan. 8, 2020
Standardized math tests slated to start Monday for Grade 9 students have been thrown into uncertainty as Education Minister Stephen Lecce gives school boards across Ontario the authority to postpone them until June.
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Ontario high school teachers plan a fourth, one-day ‘Wednesday walkout’
The Toronto Star, Jan. 3, 2020
Classes resume for Ontario students next week — and so do the one-day strikes by public high school teachers.
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Jan 02
Legislative Update - December 20, 2019

The Legislative Assembly of Ontario is recessed for the winter break and is scheduled to return on February 18, 2020, after Family Day. 

2020 Pre-Budget Consultations

On December 18, Minister of Finance Rod Phillips launched the first of a series of budget consultations that will run across Ontario throughout the months of January and February.  During that time, Ontarians will be invited to participate via an online survey, attend an in-person session (details below) and/or, send in a written submission. The deadline for the survey and written submissions is February 11, 2020. 

The Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs will hold Pre-Budget Consultation public hearings in Toronto on January 17, 2020 and in Sioux Lookout, Thunder Bay, Kitchener-Waterloo, Belleville, and Niagara during the week of January 20, 2020. Interested people who wish to be considered to make an oral presentation to the Committee on January 17, 2020, or during the week of January 20, 2020, are required to provide their contact name, mailing address, phone number, and email address directly to the Clerk of the Committee by 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, January 9, 2020, in order to be registered. Those who do not wish to make an oral presentation but wish to comment on the issue may send a written submission to the Clerk of the Committee at the email or mailing address below by 6:00 p.m. on Friday, January 24, 2020. The clerk, Julia Douglas, can be reached at comm-financeaffairs@ola.org

Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs details

Ministry of Finance news release

Details about 2020 Budget consultations 

The Ontario Human Rights Commission (OHRC) Right to Read Public Hearings

Earlier in the fall, the OHRC announced its intention to conduct a public inquiry into potential human rights issues that affect students with reading disabilities in Ontario's public education system. On December 18, the OHRC announced details regarding the The "Right to Read" inquiry that will be reaching out to parents, students and educators across the province to hear about their experiences, challenges and concerns. The inquiry is also assessing whether school boards use scientific evidence-based approaches to meet students' right to read. The OHRC selected eight school boards to assess their compliance with their obligation to provide equal treatment to students with reading disabilities. The English public school boards involved include: the Hamilton Wentworth District School Board; the Keewatin-Patricia District School Board, the Lakehead District School Board, the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board, the Peel District School Board, and the Thames Valley District School Board. 

Public hearings will begin on January 14, 2020 in Brampton, January 29 in London, February 25 in Thunder Bay and March 10 in Ottawa. There is an online survey for students with reading disabilities or their parents and guardians. A separate survey will be available for educators and others. OPSBA will follow up as to how the Association might participate. 

OHRC website for more information, including student/parent/guardian survey

OHRC news release

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