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Halton DSB - Human Rights Symposium 2019https://www.opsba.org/OPSBA Connects 2/Lists/Posts/ViewPost.aspx?ID=369Halton DSB - Human Rights Symposium 20192019-10-18T14:16:41Z<div class="ExternalClassDAF7418B77FD43F7AC651F9366901477"><p><span lang="EN-US">The Halton District School Board will host the 2nd annual </span><a title="Human Rights Symposium" href="https://www.hdsb.ca/our-board/Pages/HDSB-Human-Rights-Symposium.aspx" target="_blank"><span lang="EN-US">Human Rights Symposium</span></a><span lang="EN-US"> on <strong>December 5, 2019</strong> to bring together education and community partners to engage in vital conversations and challenge thinking. This year’s theme is the “Rights of the Child” and features two keynote speakers Stephen Lewis and Michel Chikwanine.</span><span lang="EN-US"> </span></p><p><span lang="EN-US"><strong>A full day of learning is planned with breakout sessions.</strong></span></p><p><a href="https://www.hdsb.ca/our-board/Pages/HDSB-Human-Rights-Symposium.aspx"><span lang="EN-US"><strong>Agenda and list of workshops and presenters</strong></span></a><span lang="EN-US"> </span></p><p><span lang="EN-US"><a title="Registration" href="https://hdsb.schoolcashonline.com/Fee/Details/51461/181/False/True" target="_blank"><strong>Registration</strong></a></span></p><p><span lang="EN-US">This year marks the 30th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child. The Convention was adopted by the UN General Assembly on November 20, 1989 to protect the rights of children from discrimination, violence and neglect.</span><span lang="EN-US"> </span></p><p><span lang="EN-US"><em>“Human Rights is the work and responsibility of all members of society. We look forward to once again bringing educators and community partners together to examine important issues as we engage in focused learning about the rights of children.”</em>  </span><span lang="EN-US">- Rob Eatough, Superintendent of Education for the Halton District School Board.</span><span lang="EN-US">  </span></p><p><span lang="EN-US"><em>“The Halton District School Board recognizes the importance of participating in vital discussions to challenge our thinking. The Human Rights Symposium provides an opportunity for community partners to come together to examine important issues and drive actionable change.”</em>  - </span><span lang="EN-US">Stuart Miller, Director of Education for the Halton District School Board.</span></p><p> <span lang="EN-US"><strong>For event details or support with registration, email </strong><span lang="EN-US" style="color:#444444;line-height:107%;font-size:13.5pt;"><a><strong>symposium@hdsb.ca</strong></a></span></span><br></p></div>https://www.opsba.org/OPSBA Connects 2/Lists/Posts/ViewPost.aspx?ID=369
CSBA Congress and the Trustees Gathering on Indigenous Education 2020https://www.opsba.org/OPSBA Connects 2/Lists/Posts/ViewPost.aspx?ID=368CSBA Congress and the Trustees Gathering on Indigenous Education 20202019-10-17T19:06:14Z<div class="ExternalClass440A3240994D41D6AD6783750FF8A40E"><p>CSBA Congress is being hosted in Alberta in 2020. The event will be held in Banff, Alberta from July 2-5, 2020 at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity. This year's theme is "Standing Stronger Together," reflecting the importance of education and what happens when we work together. </p><p>There are two messages from the organizers in Alberta – one on hotel accommodation and the second is a call for presenters:</p><p><strong class="ms-rteForeColor-2">1.   HOTEL ACCOMMODATION</strong></p><div>A block of rooms at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity is nearly full.  <br></div><div><br></div><div>If you have not yet made a reservation, there are still rooms available at the <a title="Banff Lodging Company" href="https://www.bestofbanff.com/" target="_blank">Banff Lodging Company</a>.  Please follow the steps below to book:<br></div><div><br></div><div><strong>Phone:</strong> Mention promo code <strong>CSBA2020</strong> when booking over the phone at 1-800-563-8764<br></div><div><br></div><div><strong>Online:</strong> When booking <a title="online" href="https://www.bestofbanff.com/" target="_blank">online</a>:<br></div><ul><li>Click on the "BOOK ONLINE" button<br></li><li>On the left hand side, click on "Add Code"<br></li><li>Change drop down to "Group Attendee"<br></li><li>Enter promo code CSBA2020 and click "ADD"<br></li><li>Then select dates on top bar and "SEARCH"<br></li><li>Then select the Hotel you want to book<br></li><li>Complete booking<br></li></ul><p>While the <a title="Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity" href="https://www.banffcentre.ca/hotels" target="_blank">Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity</a> is nearly full, please follow the steps below to book:<br></p><ul><li>Phone: Mention promo code CSBA2020 when booking over the phone at 1-800-884-7574<br></li><li>Online: Click <a title="this link" href="https://book.b4checkin.com/chameleon/banffcentre/rlp/CSB2007" target="_blank">this link</a>** to book online (no code needed)<br></li></ul><div>If reservations using the above code are full, please follow the steps below (promo code only applies to the Lloyd Hall Queen (1 bed) room type and is based upon availability):<br></div><ul><li>Phone: Mention promo code <strong>CSB2007</strong> when booking over the phone at 1-800-884-7574<br></li><li>Email: Use code <strong>CSB2007</strong> when booking at <a title="reservations@banffcentre.ca" href="mailto:reservations@banffcentre.ca" target="_blank">reservations@banffcentre.ca</a><br></li></ul>The <a title="ASBA website" href="https://www.asba.ab.ca/about/academies-conferences/csba2020/" target="_blank">ASBA website</a> will be updated as information becomes available, including registration, so check back often!</div><div class="ExternalClass440A3240994D41D6AD6783750FF8A40E"><br></div><div class="ExternalClass440A3240994D41D6AD6783750FF8A40E"><strong class="ms-rteForeColor-2">2.   CALL FOR PRESENTERS</strong></div><div class="ExternalClass440A3240994D41D6AD6783750FF8A40E"> <div>Conference organizers are seeking proposals for up to six concurrent sessions, each 75 minutes in length that will occur on July 4 and July 5.<br></div><div><br></div><div>This event is designed for an audience of school board trustees, senior K-12 education leaders, and education policy-makers. The Congress Committee will notify presenters of the scheduled date and time for their session(s).<br></div><div><br></div><div>Click <a title="here" href="/OPSBA%20Connects%202/Documents/CallForPresentationsCSBA2020.pdf" target="_blank">here</a> for an outline of all the necessary information regarding presentation content/format and what should be included in the application package. The proposal submission deadline is:<br></div><div><br></div><div style="text-align:center;"> <strong>October 11, 2019</strong><br></div><div style="text-align:center;"> Submit your presentation by email to: <a title=" jolson@asba.abe Call for presenters.ca" href="mailto:jolson@asba.abe%20Call%20for%20presenters.ca" target="_blank">jolson@asba.abe Call for presenters.ca</a><br></div><div style="text-align:center;"><span class="ms-rteThemeForeColor-7-4"> <strong class="ms-rteForeColor-2">Presenters will be notified by December 31, 2019</strong><br></span></div><div><br></div><div>Presenters attending the conference must register for the conference separately. Presenters who will only be in attendance for their session, and not attending the entire conference, are not required to register for the conference.</div><div><br></div><div><strong>NOTE: Presenters are responsible for their own travel and accommodations.</strong><br></div><div><br></div><div>We still have a few more details to work out before registration opens; however, bookings for accommodations are now available! Find details <a href="https://www.asba.ab.ca/about/leadership-academies/csba2020/">here.</a> <br></div><div><br></div><div>The <a title="ASBA website" href="https://www.asba.ab.ca/about/academies-conferences/csba2020/" target="_blank">ASBA website</a> will be updated as information becomes available, including registration, so check back often.<br></div><div><br></div>If you have any questions about the call for presentations, please contact:  Jan Olson, Chief Business Officer, ASBA by email: <a title="jolson@asba.ab.ca" href="mailto:jolson@asba.ab.ca" target="_blank">jolson@asba.ab.ca</a>. </div>https://www.opsba.org/OPSBA Connects 2/Lists/Posts/ViewPost.aspx?ID=368
Local Government Week is October 20 to 26!https://www.opsba.org/OPSBA Connects 2/Lists/Posts/ViewPost.aspx?ID=367Local Government Week is October 20 to 26!2019-10-17T15:12:29Z<div class="ExternalClass9ECF8367BB4244CA8DABA59A75CE045B"><p style="margin:0px 0px 10px;text-align:left;color:#444444;text-transform:none;line-height:1.6;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;padding-top:15px;font-size:18px;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;font-weight:400;text-decoration:none;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;">Local Government Week (LGW) aims to increase youth and public awareness about the important role local government plays in our communities. Please join OPSBA, our member trustees and our education partners in raising civic awareness and promoting the role of trustees among Ontario students. We know many trustees visit their schools regularly and we encourage them to consider arranging classroom visits with Grade 5 Social Studies and Grade 10 Civics students to discuss the important democratic role of a school board trustee. As always, trustees should follow their board protocols for setting up school visits when determining the most appropriate time for these visits. These could in fact, occur, after the official LGW when a classroom teacher is discussing this unit.<br></p><p style="margin:0px 0px 10px;text-align:left;color:#444444;text-transform:none;line-height:1.6;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;padding-top:15px;font-size:18px;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;font-weight:400;text-decoration:none;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;">OPSBA has updated resources to facilitate your classroom sessions, including a Word document and a short PowerPoint presentation. Common information includes:</p><ul style="text-align:left;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;padding-left:1.5em;font-size:18px;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;font-weight:400;text-decoration:none;margin-bottom:0.75em;margin-left:0px;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;"><li style="margin:0px;padding-left:0.07em;">Facts and figures</li><li style="margin:0px;padding-left:0.07em;">A brief history of the role of trustees</li><li style="margin:0px;padding-left:0.07em;">Why trustees matter</li><li style="margin:0px;padding-left:0.07em;">The "rules" of school in Ontario</li><li style="margin:0px;padding-left:0.07em;">The legislated responsibilities of a school board and its trustees</li><li style="margin:0px;padding-left:0.07em;">A brief outline of the people in a school board</li><li style="margin:0px;padding-left:0.07em;">Questions and discussion points for you to consider<br></li><li style="margin:0px;padding-left:0.07em;">Questions and discussion points for you to ask the class <br><br></li></ul><ul style="text-align:left;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;padding-left:1.5em;font-size:18px;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;font-weight:400;text-decoration:none;margin-bottom:0.75em;margin-left:0px;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;"><li style="margin:0px;padding-left:0.07em;"><h3 style="margin:auto;color:#262626;line-height:1.4;font-size:1.15em;font-weight:300;"><a title="Microsoft Word Resource for Local Government Week" href="/SiteCollectionDocuments/OPSBA%202019%20LGW%20Resource.docx" style="outline:0px;color:#008ce9;text-decoration:underline;background-color:transparent;">Microsoft Word Resource</a><br></h3></li><li style="margin:0px;padding-left:0.07em;"><h3 style="margin:auto;color:#262626;line-height:1.4;font-size:1.15em;font-weight:300;"><a title="Local Government Week Powerpoint Template" href="/SiteCollectionDocuments/OPSBA%202019%20LGW%20PowerPoint%20resource.pptx" style="outline:0px;color:#008ce9;text-decoration:underline;background-color:transparent;">Local Government Week Powerpoint Template</a><br></h3></li></ul><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="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;">Both documents have been created in a manner that allows you to modify them for use in either a Grade 5 or 10 classroom and to add local board information. </span><div 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;"><font face="plantin, georgia, cambria, times new roman, times, serif"><br></font><div><font face="plantin, georgia, cambria, times new roman, times, serif"><span>The social media hashtag for Local Government Week is </span><span style="font-size:1.6rem;"><em style="font-style:italic;">#LocalGovWeek</em></span><span style="font-size:1.6rem;">.</span><br></font><div><font face="plantin, georgia, cambria, times new roman, times, serif"><br></font></div><div><font face="plantin, georgia, cambria, times new roman, times, serif">For more, <a title="Visit our School Board Governance hub" href="/advocacy-and-action/Trustees%20as%20Leaders%20in%20Public%20Education/school-board-governance" style="outline:0px;color:#4c2c92;text-decoration:underline;background-color:transparent;">visit our School Board Governance hub</a>!</font><br></div></div></div></div>https://www.opsba.org/OPSBA Connects 2/Lists/Posts/ViewPost.aspx?ID=367
Legislative Update - October 15, 2019https://www.opsba.org/OPSBA Connects 2/Lists/Posts/ViewPost.aspx?ID=366Legislative Update - October 15, 20192019-10-15T13:58:12Z<div class="ExternalClass071F5DADC2CB4A8EA7346EC53D20D493"><p>The Legislative Assembly of Ontario remains on summer recess and resumes on October 28, 2019. Finance Minister Rod Phillips announced that the Fall Economic Statement will be presented on November 6, 2019. </p><h3>Local Government Week 2019 - October 20-26 - #LocalGovWeek </h3><p>Local Government Week (LGW) will be held October 20-26. LGW aims to increase youth and public awareness about the important role local government plays in our communities. Due to the Federal Election on October 21, we expect the announcement to be somewhat low key with Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing tweets and a possible news release. OPSBA's Policy Development Work Team (PDWT) discussed LGW earlier this school year when details were scarce. With this new information, OPSBA will be running a social media campaign to promote LGW to highlight the long advocacy history of trustees and the importance of their work. OPSBA resources have been updated to include current information and <a href="/advocacy-and-action/Trustees%20as%20Leaders%20in%20Public%20Education/school-board-governance">these resources</a> are available on our website. We know many trustees visit their schools regularly and we ask trustees to determine locally if a school visit to either a Grade 5 or Grade 10 class is appropriate at this time and to follow board protocols for setting up these visits. Visits can also be scheduled after the official LGW. </p><h3>Proposed Regulations re Education Development Charges (EDCs) and Notice by School Boards Prior to Acquiring Land </h3><p>The Ontario Association of Business Officials (OASBO) submission includes a reference to OPSBA as part of their consultation process. The <a title="OPSBA submission" href="/SiteCollectionDocuments/OPSBA%20submission%20re%20EDC%20and%20Land%20Expropriation.pdf">OPSBA submission</a> focuses on our continued advocacy for an increase in the charges to cover the actual costs of sites and the flexibility to support boards experiencing areas of growth. <br></p><h3>Other Information<br></h3><ul><li>October 10, 2019, <a title="OPSBA Letter to Minister of Education" href="/SiteCollectionDocuments/OPSBA%20Letter%20to%20Minister%20Lecce%20October%2010.pdf">OPSBA Letter to Minister of Education, Stephen Lecce re September Board of Directors' Meeting</a><br></li><li>October 10, 2019 News Release, <a title="Ontario More Than Doubles Mental Health Funding for Students" href="https://news.ontario.ca/edu/en/2019/10/ontario-more-than-doubles-mental-health-funding-for-students.html?utm_source=ondemand&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=m" target="_blank">Ontario More Than Doubles Mental Health Funding for Students</a><br></li><li>October 8, 2019,  <a href="https://efis.fma.csc.gov.on.ca/faab/Memos/SB2019/SB19_EN.pdf">Memo SB19</a>, District School Board Enrolment Projections for 2020-21 to 2023-24<br></li><li>October 7, 2019 Statement, <a title="Joint Statement by the Deputy Premier and Minister of Health and Associate Minister of Mental Health and Addictions on Mental Il" href="https://news.ontario.ca/mohltc/en/2019/10/joint-statement-by-the-deputy-premier-and-minister-of-health-and-associate-minister-of-mental-health.html?utm_source=ondemand&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=m" target="_blank">Joint Statement by the Deputy Premier and Minister of Health and Associate Minister of Mental Health and Addictions on Mental Illness Awareness Week</a><br></li></ul></div>https://www.opsba.org/OPSBA Connects 2/Lists/Posts/ViewPost.aspx?ID=366
Legislative Update - October 4, 2019https://www.opsba.org/OPSBA Connects 2/Lists/Posts/ViewPost.aspx?ID=365Legislative Update - October 4, 20192019-10-04T15:13:18Z<div class="ExternalClass0E4CA32D80FA4C209A2E970118B392C8"><p>The Legislative Assembly of Ontario remains on summer recess and resumes on October 28, 2019. </p><h3>OPSBA Submissions</h3><p>OPSBA sent the following submissions to government regulatory postings.<br></p><ol><li><a title="Proposed Regulations re: Enhancing Municipal Road Safety" href="/SiteCollectionDocuments/OPSBA%20submission%20re%20photo%20radar%20school%20zones%20(October%202).pdf" target="_blank">Proposed Regulations re Enhancing Municipal Road Safety</a> through Automated Speed Enforcement (ASE). These proposed regulations will allow municipalities to introduce photo radar in school zone and community safety zones. Our submission supported increased measures to improve road safety and our request for local municipalities and school boards to discuss the neighbourhood issue together. The submission is posted on our website and was shared via <a title="twitter" href="https://twitter.com/OPSBA/status/1179413672873140227">Twitter</a> and <a title="Instagram" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/B3HtHGMn_v2/">Instagram</a>.</li><li><a href="/SiteCollectionDocuments/OPSBA%20submission%20re%20EDC%20and%20Land%20Expropriation.pdf">Proposed Regulations re Education Development Charges</a> (EDCs) and Notice by School Boards Prior to Acquiring Land. Our submission focussed on our continued advocacy for an increase in the charges to cover the actual costs of sites and the flexibility to support boards experiencing areas of growth. The submission is posted on our website and was shared via <a title="Twitter" href="https://twitter.com/OPSBA/status/1179775999602577408" target="_blank">Twitter</a> and <a title="Instagram" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/B3KSqVYAkxt/">Instagram</a>. </li></ol><h3>OPSBA Federal Election Resource Guide for School Boards and Trustees</h3><p>During federal elections, OPSBA advocates for non-partisan strategies to engage politicians on issues that affect public education and our children and youth. OPSBA sent letters to the main parties asking questions about key education-related topics contained in the Guide. The Guide and the letters are available on a dedicated webpage, <a title="The 2019 Federal Election" href="/Pages/The%202019%20Federal%20Election.aspx">The 2019 Federal Election</a>. <br></p><h3>Other Information<br></h3><ul><li>September 30, 2019 News Release, <a title="Ontario Making Education More Accessible for Students" href="http://news.ontario.ca/oss/en/2019/09/ontario-making-education-more-accessible-for-students.html?utm_source=ondemand&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=m" target="_blank">Ontario Making Education More Accessible for Students</a></li><li>September 27, 2019 News Release, <a title="Ontario Backs New Community School in Meaford" href="https://news.ontario.ca/edu/en/2019/09/ontario-backs-new-community-school-in-meaford.html?utm_source=ondemand&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=m" target="_blank">Ontario Backs New Community School in Meaford</a></li><li>September 26, 2019 <a title="Memo SB18" href="https://efis.fma.csc.gov.on.ca/faab/Memos/SB2019/SB18_EN.pdf" target="_blank">Memo SB18</a>, 2018-19 Student Transportation Report</li><li>September 24, 2019 <a title="Memo SB17" href="https://efis.fma.csc.gov.on.ca/faab/Memos/SB2019/SB17_EN.pdf" target="_blank">Memo SB17</a>, Remaining Service Life Review<br></li></ul></div>https://www.opsba.org/OPSBA Connects 2/Lists/Posts/ViewPost.aspx?ID=365
OPSBA in the Media, October 2019https://www.opsba.org/OPSBA Connects 2/Lists/Posts/ViewPost.aspx?ID=364OPSBA in the Media, October 20192019-10-15T13:25:53Z<div class="ExternalClass3B452584F59F4411A547211ABCE80CB4"><p><a title="CTA and the Provincial Government Reach a Tentative Agreement with CUPE" href="/Media%20and%20Resources/cta-and-the-provincial-government-reach-a-tentative-agreement-with-cupe">CTA and the Provincial Government Reach a Tentative Agreement with CUPE</a><br>OPSBA Media Release, Oct. 6, 2019</p><p><strong>Ontario high school teachers approach negotiations in new, transparent way</strong><br><strong>Toronto Star, Oct. 12, 2019</strong><br>Want to know what Ontario’s high school teachers are seeking in their contract with the province and school boards? Or what the Doug Ford government is proposing in return?<br><a title="More" href="https://www.thestar.com/politics/provincial/2019/10/12/ontario-high-school-teachers-approach-negotiations-in-new-transparent-way.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;">Schools open Monday as tentative deal reached between Province, CUPE</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;">Canadian Press, Oct. 7, 2019</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;white-space:normal;orphans:2;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;float:none;">The province and the union representing 55,000 education workers reached a tentative deal in weekend contract talks, averting a strike that could have shut down schools in various parts of Ontario.<br></span></strong><strong><a title="M" href="https://www.niagarathisweek.com/news-story/9632540-schools-open-monday-as-tentative-deal-reached-between-province-cupe/" 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;white-space:normal;orphans:2;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;float:none;"> ...</span></strong><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;"><br></strong></strong></p><div><p><strong>Deal reached, Peterborough schools to stay open</strong><br><strong>Peterborough Examiner, Oct. 7, 2019</strong><br>A deal reached late Sunday has averted a strike that threatened to close Peterborough-area schools Monday.<br><a title="M" href="https://www.thepeterboroughexaminer.com/news-story/9631862-deal-reached-peterborough-schools-to-stay-open/" target="_blank">More</a> ...</p><p><strong>School strike averted as CUPE, province reach tentative deal for support staff<br></strong><strong>Toronto Star, Oct. 7, 2019<br></strong>Class is not dismissed.<br>The Canadian Union of Public Employees and the provincial government managed to reach a tentative deal Sunday night - meaning no strike by 55,000 caretakers, educational assistants, early childhood educators and office staff.<br><a title="Mo" href="https://www.durhamregion.com/news-story/9632825-school-strike-averted-as-cupe-province-reach-tentative-deal-for-support-staff/" target="_blank">More</a> ...</p></div><p><span aria-hidden="true"></span><strong>Deal reached! Schools open Monday</strong><br><strong>Bay Today, Oct. 6, 2019</strong><br>Parents are breathing a big sigh of relief as contract negotiations between the provincial government and the union representing Ontario's education workers reached a tentative agreement this evening.<br><a title="M" href="https://www.baytoday.ca/local-news/deal-reached-schools-open-monday-1733690" target="_blank">More</a> ...<br></p><p><span style="text-align:left;color:#444444;text-transform:none;line-height:1.6;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;font-family:"plantin","georgia","cambria","times new roman","times","serif";font-size:18px;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;word-spacing:0px;display:inline;white-space:normal;orphans:2;float:none;"><strong>Ontario education workers reach deal with province, averting Monday school strike</strong></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;text-decoration:none;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;"><span style="text-align:left;color:#444444;text-transform:none;line-height:1.6;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;font-family:"plantin","georgia","cambria","times new roman","times","serif";font-size:18px;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;word-spacing:0px;display:inline !important;white-space:normal;orphans:2;float:none;"><strong>C</strong></span><span style="text-align:left;color:#444444;text-transform:none;line-height:1.6;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;font-family:"plantin","georgia","cambria","times new roman","times","serif";font-size:18px;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;word-spacing:0px;display:inline !important;white-space:normal;orphans:2;float:none;"><strong>BC News</strong></span><span style="text-align:left;color:#444444;text-transform:none;line-height:1.6;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;font-family:"plantin","georgia","cambria","times new roman","times","serif";font-size:18px;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;word-spacing:0px;display:inline !important;white-space:normal;orphans:2;float:none;"><strong>, </strong></span><span style="text-align:left;color:#444444;text-transform:none;line-height:1.6;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;font-family:"plantin","georgia","cambria","times new roman","times","serif";font-size:18px;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;word-spacing:0px;display:inline !important;white-space:normal;orphans:2;float:none;"><strong>Oct.</strong></span><span style="text-align:left;color:#444444;text-transform:none;line-height:1.6;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;font-family:"plantin","georgia","cambria","times new roman","times","serif";font-size:18px;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;word-spacing:0px;display:inline !important;white-space:normal;orphans:2;float:none;"> </span><span style="text-align:left;color:#444444;text-transform:none;line-height:1.6;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;font-family:"plantin","georgia","cambria","times new roman","times","serif";font-size:18px;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;word-spacing:0px;display:inline !important;white-space:normal;orphans:2;float:none;"><strong>6</strong></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;white-space:normal;orphans:2;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;float:none;"><strong>, 2019</strong><br></span>Some 55,000 education workers in Ontario will not strike Monday after successful last-minute contract talks with the provincial government, according to Education Minister Stephen Lecce.<br><a title="M" href="https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/ontario-education-workers-latest-1.5310641" target="_blank">More</a> ...<br></p><p><strong>Schools will remain open as CUPE and province reach tentative deal avoiding strike</strong><br><strong>Daily Hive, Oct. 6, 2019</strong><br>Toronto schools will remain open on Monday morning, as CUPE and the provincial government have reached a tentative settlement.<br><a title="Mo" href="https://dailyhive.com/toronto/cupe-ontario-schools-deal" target="_blank">More</a> ...<br></p><p><strong>Strike averted as education workers reach last-minute tentative agreement</strong><br><strong>Guelph Today, Oct. 6, 2019</strong><br>The Ontario Public School Boards' Association (OPSBA) is pleased to announce that the CTA and the provincial government have successfully negotiated a tentative settlement on central terms of a collective agreement with Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) education workers.<br><a title="Mo" href="https://www.guelphtoday.com/local-news/strike-averted-as-education-workers-reach-last-minute-tentative-agreement-1733696" target="_blank">More</a> ...</p><p><strong>Breaking: Tentative deal means Niagara schools are open Monday</strong><br><strong>Niagara Now, Oct. 6, 2019<br></strong>The schools of both the public and the Catholic boards in Niagara will be open Monday, after proviniclal negotiators and the Canadian Union of Public Employees reached a tentative deal Sunday evening.<br><a title="M" href="https://www.niagaranow.com/news.phtml/2755-breaking-tentative-deal-means-niagara-schools-are-open-monday" target="_blank">More</a> ...</p><p><strong>Strike averted as education workers reach last-minute tentative agreement</strong><br><strong>Orillia Matters, Oct. 6, 2019</strong><br>The Ontario Public School Boards' Association (OPSBA) is pleased to announce that the CTA and the provincial government have successfully negotiated a tentative settlement on central terms of a collective agreement with Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) education workers.<br><a title="M" href="https://www.orilliamatters.com/local-news/strike-averted-as-education-workers-reach-last-minute-tentative-agreement-1733696" target="_blank">More</a> ... <br></p><p><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;">Council of Trustees' Associations (CTA) and the Provincial Government Reach a Tentative Agreement with CUPE </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;">Port Stanley News, Oct. 6, 2019</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;">Toronto, October 6, 2019 – The Ontario Public School Boards' Association (OPSBA) is pleased to announce that the CTA and the provincial government have successfully negotiated a tentative settlement on central terms of a collective agreement with Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) education workers.</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="http://www.portstanleynews.com/details/headline.aspx?menu=laptop_regional_regional_a-fair-and-responsible-agreement-that-will-keep-students-in-the-classroom" 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;white-space:normal;orphans:2;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;float:none;"> ...</span></p><p><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;">Rising rate of sick leave emerges as key issue as school strike looms</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;">Ottawa Citizen, Oct. 4, 2019</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;">The number of days CUPE support staff in Ontario schools book off sick has increased by nearly 20 per cent in the past three years, according to associations representing school boards.The boards released the data to this newspaper as the issue of sick-leave pay emerged as a key issue in contract negotiations between CUPE, the province’s school boards and the provincial government.</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="M" href="https://ottawacitizen.com/news/local-news/rising-rate-of-sick-leave-emerges-as-key-issue-as-school-strike-looms" 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></p><p><strong>Ontario CUPE Education Workers Give Strike Notice</strong><br><strong>Huffington Post, Oct. 2, 2019</strong><br>TORONTO — Non-teaching staff at Ontario’s <a title="schools" href="https://www.huffingtonpost.ca/news/education/" target="_blank" data-rapid-sec="{"entry-text":"entry-text"}" data-ylk="elm:context_link" data-rapid-elm="context_link" data-rapid_p="1" data-v9y="1">schools</a> could walk off the job as early as Monday.<br>The <a title="Canadian Union of Public Employee" href="https://www.huffingtonpost.ca/news/cupe/" target="_blank" data-rapid-sec="{"entry-text":"entry-text"}" data-ylk="elm:context_link" data-rapid-elm="context_link" data-rapid_p="2" data-v9y="1">Canadian Union of Public Employees</a> (CUPE) Ontario School Board Council of Unions gave five-day strike action notice Wednesday.<br><a title="M" href="https://www.huffingtonpost.ca/entry/ontario-school-strike-notice_ca_5d94b112e4b0ac3cddb1cfe0" target="_blank">More</a> ...</p><p><strong>Schools prepare, as CUPE support-staff strike set for Oct. 7</strong><br><strong>The Toronto Star, Oct. 2, 2019</strong><br>Ontario schools are bracing for a strike by 55,000 caretakers, office staff, early childhood educators and educational assistants who are set to hit the picket lines Monday unless a deal can be worked out in time.<br><a href="https://www.thestar.com/politics/provincial/2019/10/02/cupe-says-school-support-workers-preparing-to-strike-oct-7.html" target="_blank">More</a> ...</p><p><strong>'GREAT CONCERN': CUPE education workers set to launch full strike</strong><br><strong>Toronto Sun, Oct. 2, 2019</strong><br>The union representing 55,000 education workers across the province says it is preparing to go on strike Monday.<br>CUPE Ontario president Fred Hahn said they are in conversation with other education unions and ideally teachers would not cross their picket lines.<br><a href="https://torontosun.com/news/provincial/cupe-education-workers-set-to-launch-full-strike" target="_blank">More</a> ...<br></p><p><strong>A big snag in labour talks: Boards want CUPE to take less pay for sick leave</strong><br><strong>Metro Morning with Matt Galloway, CBC Radio, Oct. 1, 2019</strong><br>Cathy Abraham, President of the Ontario Public School Boards Association, says the absentee rate of CUPE members is higher than in "comparable sectors" and "it creates a hardship in school for student(s"'. She says they could manage the absentee rate better if there were a decrease in the "very generous" rate at which CUPE employees are paid while sick.<br><a title="More" href="https://www.cbc.ca/listen/live-radio/1-39-metro-morning/clip/15738928-a-big-snag-in-labour-talks-boards-want-cupe-to-take-less-pay-for-sick-leave" target="_blank">More</a> ...<br></p></div>https://www.opsba.org/OPSBA Connects 2/Lists/Posts/ViewPost.aspx?ID=364
OPSBA Board of Directors Meeting – September 27 and 28, 2019https://www.opsba.org/OPSBA Connects 2/Lists/Posts/ViewPost.aspx?ID=363OPSBA Board of Directors Meeting – September 27 and 28, 20192019-09-30T19:39:00Z<div class="ExternalClass9177FEFA508E47039606C67907F0647D"><p>The OPSBA Board of Directors held a meeting on September 27 and 28, 2019, in Toronto. Chief Elaine Johnston, Chair of OPSBA's Indigenous Trustees' Council (ITC), gave an acknowledgement that the meeting was being held on the traditional territory of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy, the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation and the Métis Nation.</p><p>Minister of Education Stephen Lecce attended on Saturday morning and spoke on a number of relevant education-related items. </p><p>Education policy and program issues that were discussed in public session at the meeting are summarized below.</p><h3>Labour Relations and Collective Bargaining</h3><p><strong><em> </em></strong>An update on collective bargaining was provided to board members. OPSBA is fully engaged in its role as the bargaining agent for all English public school boards in the province. All collective agreements in the sector expired on August 31, 2019. The current round of collective bargaining is well under way and all of OPSBA's partner federations have filed Notice to Bargain. For additional status updates, <a title="OPSBA website" href="/advocacy-and-action/labour-relations">visit the OPSBA website</a>.</p><h3>Legislative Update</h3><p><strong><em> </em></strong>The Legislative Assembly of Ontario is currently adjourned until October 28, 2019.  OPSBA is following a number of developments at the provincial level, including proposed public sector wage hike caps, changes to Education Development Charges and school board land acquisition, automated speed enforcement (photo radar) in school zones, and changes to the provincial code of conduct. Additional Legislative Updates are available on the <a title="OPSBA Connects blog" href="/OPSBA%20Connects%202/Lists/Categories/Category.aspx?CategoryId=13">OPSBA Connects blog</a>.</p><h3>Finance</h3><p><strong><em> </em></strong>Updates on recent memos, regulations and legislative changes were provided, including the following:</p><p><em><strong>Capital Priorities Program (CPP)</strong></em><br> On July 22, the Ministry of Education announced the launch of this year's CPP, as well as the review of its School Construction Standards. Each board is to submit their top 10 requests for consideration with a deadline of September 30, 2019.<em> </em></p><p><em><strong>Indigenous Education: </strong></em><a title="Reciprocal Education Approach" href="https://news.ontario.ca/edu/en/2019/09/ontario-takes-action-to-improve-access-to-education-for-first-nation-students.html" target="_blank"><em><strong>Reciprocal Education Approach </strong></em></a><em><strong>(REA)</strong> </em><br>This summer, boards were sent a memo regarding this new approach, which became effective September 1, 2019. Our members support any actions that enhance the educational opportunities and equity of outcomes for Indigenous students and help these students, their families and their communities, and fully support the ability of Indigenous parents to choose the schools that best meet the needs of their children. We also recognize and respect the jurisdiction of Indigenous communities around their schools.</p><p><em><strong>Deficit Approval Requests</strong></em><br><em> </em>There were a handful of boards who submitted deficit approval requests in excess of 1% of their operating funding to the Ministry of Education. Boards heard at the beginning of the week of September 23 about whether or not their requests were approved. </p><p><em><strong>Student Transportation: Driver Retention</strong></em><br><em> </em>The Ministry is once again planning to provide a financial incentive to returning drivers. </p><h3>Government Relations and Public Affairs</h3><p> Updates on recent OPSBA government relations and public affairs issues were provided. OPSBA's media statements and releases can be <a title="OPSBA website" href="http://www.opsba.org/Media%20and%20Resources">found on the OPSBA website</a>. OPSBA, through President Cathy Abraham, has been active in the provincial news media in the past two months, with many <a title="interviews and media appearances" href="http://www.opsba.org/Media%20Desk/opsba-in-the-media">interviews and media appearances</a> speaking to school board concerns including collective bargaining and changes to class size and e-learning.<br></p><h3>Education Today Fall Issue</h3><p><em> </em>Work on the fall 2019 issue of Education Today is well underway, with a theme focusing on Indigenous Education. More than two dozen stories from school boards and interviews with Minister of Education Stephen Lecce and Nishnawbe Aski Nation Grand Chief Alvin Fiddler are among the content for the issue, which will be posted online in October.</p><h3>Program Policy Update</h3><p> A summary of Ministry meetings, workgroups and program-related announcements was provided. Information shared included updates on the following:</p><p><em><strong>EQAO</strong></em><br><em> </em>EQAO has released highlights of the provincial, school board and school level results for the 2018-19 reading, writing and mathematics assessments. These can be found at <a title="http://www.eqao.com/en" href="http://www.eqao.com/en" target="_blank">http://www.eqao.com/en</a>. <br><br><em><strong>Math Proficiency Test</strong></em><br><strong> </strong>Regulations were filed on August 20, 2019, concerning the requirement of teachers to complete a math proficiency test. New applicants to the <a title="Ontario College of Teachers" href="https://www.oct.ca/becoming-a-teacher/requirements/mathematics-test?sc_lang=en&" target="_blank">Ontario College of Teachers</a> will be required to successfully pass a mathematics proficiency test if their application for registration is completed on or after March 31, 2020.</p><p><em><strong>Health and Physical Education Curriculum</strong></em><br><em> </em>The Ministry of Education released a <a title="revised elementary Health and Physical Education Curriculum" href="http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/curriculum/elementary/health.html" target="_blank">revised elementary Health and Physical Education Curriculum </a>in late August. A significant positive change is the inclusion of mental health and well-being across all topic areas, as well as consent, concussion and prevention, body image and substance abuse. School boards are now required to create exemption policies and forms for parents who do not wish their child(ren) to participate in the Human Development and Sexual Health expectations found in the curriculum.<br><em> </em><br><em><strong>Service Animals</strong></em><br><em> </em>School boards are <a title="now required" href="https://news.ontario.ca/edu/en/2019/09/ontario-announces-supports-for-students-with-special-needs.html" target="_blank">now required</a> to "implement and make publicly available on their websites their newly developed updated policies and procedures on student use of service animals by January 1, 2020."  OPSBA has been actively engaged on this topic since legislation was introduced last year. OPSBA staff are assisting school boards by sharing existing policies and/or procedures that most closely reflect the expectations in the memorandum.</p><p><em><strong>Graduation Rates and Indicators</strong></em><br><em> </em>The Ministry of Education released graduation by board as of August 31, 2018, as well as 14 indicators. The graduation rate for students earning their diploma is 87.1% in five years and 81.2% in four years.</p><p><em><strong>FSL Labour Market Partnership Project</strong></em><br><em> </em>OPSBA continues to lead a labour market partnership project, <a title="Meeting Labour Market Needs for French as a Second Language Instruction in Ontario" href="/advocacy-and-action/the-whole-child-student-well-being/fsl"><em>Meeting Labour Market Needs for French as a Second Language Instruction in Ontario</em></a>, for English and Catholic public school boards. This three-year initiative's ultimate goal is to uncover workable solutions to the current worsening imbalance between the growing demand province-wide for qualified language teachers and support staff and the related supply pipeline.<br></p></div>https://www.opsba.org/OPSBA Connects 2/Lists/Posts/ViewPost.aspx?ID=363
Legislative Update - September 27, 2019https://www.opsba.org/OPSBA Connects 2/Lists/Posts/ViewPost.aspx?ID=362Legislative Update - September 27, 20192019-09-27T14:03:57Z<div class="ExternalClassC25ACEDD2FF94E93B7167830332BD167"><p>The Legislative Assembly of Ontario remains on summer recess and resumes on Monday, October 28, 2019. </p><h3>Financial Accountability Office (FAO) - Expenditure Estimates 2019-20: Ministry of Education</h3><p>On September 27, the Financial Accountability Officer, Peter Weltman, released a <a title="report" href="https://fao-on.org/en/Blog/Publications/expenditure-estimates-education-2019">report</a> on the 2019-20 expenditure estimates for the Ministry of Education. The FAO "provides independent analysis on the state of the Province's finances, trends in the provincial economy and related matters important to the Legislative Assembly of Ontario." </p><p><a title="Media Release" href="https://fao-on.org/en/Blog/media/MR-ExEE-Sept-2019" target="_blank">Media Release</a><br></p><p><a title="Complete Report" href="https://fao-on.org/web/default/files/publications/FA1904%20Education%20Estimates%20Review%202019-20/Charts/Ministry%20of%20Education%20Estimates%20Review%202019-20.pdf" target="_blank">Complete Report</a> (PDF)<br></p><p><a title="Briefing Slide Deck" href="https://fao-on.org/web/default/files/publications/FA1904%20Education%20Estimates%20Review%202019-20/Charts/FA1904%20Briefing%20Deck%20.pdf" target="_blank">Briefing Slide Deck</a> </p><h3>Information and Communications Standards Development Committee - Extension Notice</h3><p><a title="Information and Communications Standards Development Committee's Initial Recommendations Report" href="https://www.ontario.ca/page/consultation-initial-recommendations-improve-accessibility-standards-information-and-communications" target="_blank">The Information and Communications Standards Development Committee's Initial Recommendations Report</a> is available on the ministry's website for public review and feedback. The Minister has extended the public comment period <strong>from September 27, 2019,</strong> <strong>to October 18, 2019</strong>. The extension will provide obligated organizations and the public a greater opportunity to provide comments, suggestions and feedback. All feedback received will be considered by the Committee before finalizing their recommendations to the Minister. </p><h3>Other Information<br></h3><ul><li>September 26, 2019 News Release, <a title="Ontario Government Supporting Municipalities and School Boards to Protect Front Line Services" href="https://news.ontario.ca/tbs/en/2019/09/ontario-government-supporting-municipalities-and-school-boards-to-protect-front-line-services.html?utm_source=ondemand&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=m" target="_blank">Ontario Government Supporting Municipalities and School Boards to Protect Front Line Services</a> </li><li>September 25, 2019 News Release, <a title="Ontario Recognizes Rowan's Law Day" href="https://news.ontario.ca/mtc/en/2019/09/ontario-recognizes-rowans-law-day.html?utm_source=ondemand&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=m" target="_blank">Ontario Recognizes Rowan's Law Day</a> </li><li>September 23, 2019 News Release, <a title="Making It Easier and Faster to Work in the Skilled Trades" href="https://news.ontario.ca/maesd/en/2019/09/making-it-easier-and-faster-to-work-in-the-skilled-trades-1.html?utm_source=ondemand&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=m" target="_blank">Making It Easier and Faster to Work in the Skilled Trades</a></li><li>September 17, 2019 News Release, <a title="Ontario Takes Action to Improve Access to Education for First Nation Students" href="https://news.ontario.ca/edu/en/2019/09/ontario-takes-action-to-improve-access-to-education-for-first-nation-students.html?utm_source=ondemand&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=m" target="_blank">Ontario Takes Action to Improve Access to Education for First Nation Students</a> <br></li></ul><p><br></p></div>https://www.opsba.org/OPSBA Connects 2/Lists/Posts/ViewPost.aspx?ID=362
Registration for Ophea's Healthy Schools Certificationhttps://www.opsba.org/OPSBA Connects 2/Lists/Posts/ViewPost.aspx?ID=361Registration for Ophea's Healthy Schools Certification2019-09-26T18:35:00Z<div class="ExternalClass95CD86712CD7451FB896F781452FC07A"><p style="margin:0px 0px 10px;text-align:left;color:#444444;text-transform:none;line-height:1.6;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;padding-top:15px;font-size:18px;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;font-weight:400;text-decoration:none;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;">Registration for Ophea's Healthy Schools Certification for the 2019-20 school year is now open. Registration will be open until 12 pm on October 25.<br></p><p style="margin:0px 0px 10px;text-align:left;color:#444444;text-transform:none;line-height:1.6;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;padding-top:15px;font-size:18px;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;font-weight:400;text-decoration:none;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;">Ophea’s Healthy Schools Certification is an annual process. All schools, including schools that have been certified in the past, must register each year. To register, schools are required to upload a signed letter from the administration (principal or vice-principal).<br></p><p style="margin:0px 0px 10px;text-align:left;color:#444444;text-transform:none;line-height:1.6;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;padding-top:15px;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="Updated 2019-2020 Guidebook" href="https://ophea.cmail19.com/t/r-l-jdjysdd-ukjdidhtyk-t/" target="_blank">Updated 2019-2020 Guidebook</a><br></p><p style="margin:0px 0px 10px;text-align:left;color:#444444;text-transform:none;line-height:1.6;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;padding-top:15px;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="Healthy Schools Certification" href="http://www.ophea.net/healthy-schools-certification?utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=HSC%20-%20September%202017%20Listserv%20%20278%20Launch&utm_content=HSC%20-%20September%202017%20Listserv%20%20278%20Launch%20CID_8285ad65b4d1618c7db32f7f94017d35&utm_source=eConnection&utm_term=Register%20for%20Healthy%20Schools%20Certification" target="_blank" style="outline:0px;color:#008ce9;text-decoration:underline;background-color:transparent;">Healthy Schools Certification, including Registration Information</a><br></p></div>https://www.opsba.org/OPSBA Connects 2/Lists/Posts/ViewPost.aspx?ID=361
Legislative Update - September 16, 2019https://www.opsba.org/OPSBA Connects 2/Lists/Posts/ViewPost.aspx?ID=360Legislative Update - September 16, 20192019-09-18T14:49:33Z<div class="ExternalClass384E9732459449C3A1F3747054C173EA"><p>The Legislative Assembly of Ontario remains on summer recess and resumes on Monday, October 28, 2019. </p><h3>OPSBA Federal Election Resource Guide for School Boards and Trustees</h3><p>On September 11, the writ was drawn up for the upcoming Federal Election, which takes place on October 21, 2019. The writ is the signal for the official beginning of the election campaign. During federal elections, OPSBA advocates for non-partisan strategies to engage politicians on issues that affect public education and our children and youth. </p><p>The Guide has been developed with input from OPSBA senior staff, the Policy Development Work Team, and from the Canadian School Boards Association (CSBA), which will be distributing a modified version of our Guide to other CSBA members across the country. The guide includes background information on several education related topics and questions to ask both candidates and parties. </p><p><strong>How to Use this Guide</strong></p><ul><li><p>Trustees are encouraged to use this information independently when approached by a candidate or party to answer questions and engage in an education discussion. Trustees can also work with other community partners to host an all candidates meeting and supplement education-related questions. School boards can decide locally about their advocacy efforts to those federal candidates that overlap with their board's jurisdiction and can modify it to include local board issues.</p></li><li><p>OPSBA will post relevant federal election information on our dedicated webpage, <a title="The 2019 Federal Election" href="/Pages/The%202019%20Federal%20Election.aspx" target="_blank">the 2019 Federal Election</a>.<br></p></li></ul><p>Don't forget to encourage your schools to participate in Student Vote. To see if your school has signed up, visit <a title="https://studentvote.ca/reports" href="https://studentvote.ca/reports" target="_blank">https://studentvote.ca/reports</a>. Schools can sign up at <a title="https://studentvote.ca/canada/" href="https://studentvote.ca/canada/" target="_blank">https://studentvote.ca/canada/</a>. <br></p><p>Finally, OPSBA has been trying to determine whether Local Government Week will be recognized this year by the Ministry of Municipal Affairs. Typically this occurs during the third week of October, which aligns this year with the Federal Election. OPSBA will provide additional information soon about this initiative to determine our next steps. In past years, we have encouraged trustees to visit their local schools and meet with Grade 5 and Grade 10 Civics classes to discuss municipal government. <br></p><p><br></p><h3>PPM No. 163 School Board Policies on Service Animals<br></h3><p>On September 9, the Ministry of Education announced the release this new PPM that requires school boards to develop or update their boards policies and procedures on student use of service animals by January 1, 2020. Polices are to be posted on their board websites. The PPM includes a list of minimum policy components and boards should connect with local stakeholders. <br><br>OPSBA provided input to a draft PPM after consulting with school board staff with expertise in this area and trustees (members of our Education Program and Policy Development Work Teams) who are responsible for approving school board policy. A <a title="letter" href="/SiteCollectionDocuments/OPSBA%20Minister%20letter%20Re-%20School%20Policies%20on%20Service%20Animals%20May%203%202019.pdf">letter</a> was sent on May 3 to the Minister of Education with our recommendations, including a September 1, 2020 implementation date. The requirement for school board polices respecting service animals in schools was originally part of Bill 48, <em>Safe and Supportive Classrooms Act, 2018</em>. In February 2019, OPSBA sent a <a href="/OUR%20PRIORITIES/Documents/OPSBA%20Bill%2048%20submission.pdf" target="_blank">submission</a> and presented before the Standing Committee on Social Policy. <br><br><a title="Government news release" href="https://news.ontario.ca/edu/en/2019/09/ontario-announces-supports-for-students-with-special-needs.html?utm_source=ondemand&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=m" target="_blank">Government news release</a><br><br><a title="PPM 163" href="http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/extra/eng/ppm/ppm163.pdf" target="_blank">PPM 163</a><br></p><p><br></p><h3><span lang="EN">Update: Proposed Regulations</span>: <span lang="EN">Education Development Charges (EDCs) and Notice by School Boards Prior to Acquiring Land</span><br></h3><p>A few weeks ago, OPSBA provided information on this regulatory posting which has a feedback deadline of October 7, 2019. This past week, OPSBA staff participated in a teleconference hosted by the Ontario Association of School Business Officials (OASBO). Participants included finance and planning school board staff, as well as trustees/school board associations. Next week, we have been asked to participate in a Ministry of Education consultation as the ministry is preparing an updated guideline document related to EDCs and site acquisitions to support school boards and other stakeholders. <br><br><a title="Regulator Registry website" href="https://www.ontariocanada.com/registry/view.do?postingId=30088&language=en" target="_blank">Regulatory Registry</a><br><br><a title="Regulator Registry website" href="/SiteCollectionDocuments/OPSBA%20Submission%20re%20Bill%20108,%20More%20Homes,%20More%20Choice%20Act%20-%20May%2031.pdf">OPSBA submission</a> on Bill 108, <em>More Homes, More Choice Act, 2019</em>. <br></p><h3>Other Information </h3><p>September 10, 2019 Posting, <a title="Five-Year Graduation Rate Information" href="https://www.app.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/bpr/allBoards.asp?chosenIndicator=13" target="_blank">Five-Year Graduation Rate Information</a></p><p>September 10, 2019 Statement, <a title="Minister Lecce Welcomes German Education Committee" href="http://news.ontario.ca/edu/en/2019/09/minister-lecce-welcomes-german-education-committee.html" target="_blank">Minister Lecce Welcomes German Education Committee</a><br></p><p>September 10, 2019 News Release, <a title="Ontario Investing in New Community-Wide Project Aimed at Ending Child and Youth Suicide in Mississauga" href="https://news.ontario.ca/mohltc/en/2019/09/ontario-investing-in-new-community-wide-project-aimed-at-ending-child-and-youth-suicide-in-mississau.html?utm_source=ondemand&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=m" target="_blank">Ontario Investing in New Community-Wide Project Aimed at Ending Child and Youth Suicide in Mississauga</a><br></p></div>https://www.opsba.org/OPSBA Connects 2/Lists/Posts/ViewPost.aspx?ID=360

Oct 18
Halton DSB - Human Rights Symposium 2019

The Halton District School Board will host the 2nd annual Human Rights Symposium on December 5, 2019 to bring together education and community partners to engage in vital conversations and challenge thinking. This year’s theme is the “Rights of the Child” and features two keynote speakers Stephen Lewis and Michel Chikwanine. 

A full day of learning is planned with breakout sessions.

Agenda and list of workshops and presenters 

Registration

This year marks the 30th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child. The Convention was adopted by the UN General Assembly on November 20, 1989 to protect the rights of children from discrimination, violence and neglect. 

“Human Rights is the work and responsibility of all members of society. We look forward to once again bringing educators and community partners together to examine important issues as we engage in focused learning about the rights of children.”  - Rob Eatough, Superintendent of Education for the Halton District School Board.  

“The Halton District School Board recognizes the importance of participating in vital discussions to challenge our thinking. The Human Rights Symposium provides an opportunity for community partners to come together to examine important issues and drive actionable change.”  - Stuart Miller, Director of Education for the Halton District School Board.

For event details or support with registration, email symposium@hdsb.ca

Oct 17
CSBA Congress and the Trustees Gathering on Indigenous Education 2020

CSBA Congress is being hosted in Alberta in 2020. The event will be held in Banff, Alberta from July 2-5, 2020 at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity. This year's theme is "Standing Stronger Together," reflecting the importance of education and what happens when we work together. 

There are two messages from the organizers in Alberta – one on hotel accommodation and the second is a call for presenters:

1.   HOTEL ACCOMMODATION

A block of rooms at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity is nearly full.  

If you have not yet made a reservation, there are still rooms available at the Banff Lodging Company.  Please follow the steps below to book:

Phone: Mention promo code CSBA2020 when booking over the phone at 1-800-563-8764

Online: When booking online:
  • Click on the "BOOK ONLINE" button
  • On the left hand side, click on "Add Code"
  • Change drop down to "Group Attendee"
  • Enter promo code CSBA2020 and click "ADD"
  • Then select dates on top bar and "SEARCH"
  • Then select the Hotel you want to book
  • Complete booking

While the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity is nearly full, please follow the steps below to book:

  • Phone: Mention promo code CSBA2020 when booking over the phone at 1-800-884-7574
  • Online: Click this link** to book online (no code needed)
If reservations using the above code are full, please follow the steps below (promo code only applies to the Lloyd Hall Queen (1 bed) room type and is based upon availability):
  • Phone: Mention promo code CSB2007 when booking over the phone at 1-800-884-7574
  • Email: Use code CSB2007 when booking at reservations@banffcentre.ca
The ASBA website will be updated as information becomes available, including registration, so check back often!

2.   CALL FOR PRESENTERS
 
Conference organizers are seeking proposals for up to six concurrent sessions, each 75 minutes in length that will occur on July 4 and July 5.

This event is designed for an audience of school board trustees, senior K-12 education leaders, and education policy-makers. The Congress Committee will notify presenters of the scheduled date and time for their session(s).

Click here for an outline of all the necessary information regarding presentation content/format and what should be included in the application package. The proposal submission deadline is:

October 11, 2019
Submit your presentation by email to: jolson@asba.abe Call for presenters.ca
Presenters will be notified by December 31, 2019

Presenters attending the conference must register for the conference separately. Presenters who will only be in attendance for their session, and not attending the entire conference, are not required to register for the conference.

NOTE: Presenters are responsible for their own travel and accommodations.

We still have a few more details to work out before registration opens; however, bookings for accommodations are now available! Find details here.

The ASBA website will be updated as information becomes available, including registration, so check back often.

If you have any questions about the call for presentations, please contact:  Jan Olson, Chief Business Officer, ASBA by email: jolson@asba.ab.ca
Oct 17
Local Government Week is October 20 to 26!

Local Government Week (LGW) aims to increase youth and public awareness about the important role local government plays in our communities. Please join OPSBA, our member trustees and our education partners in raising civic awareness and promoting the role of trustees among Ontario students. We know many trustees visit their schools regularly and we encourage them to consider arranging classroom visits with Grade 5 Social Studies and Grade 10 Civics students to discuss the important democratic role of a school board trustee. As always, trustees should follow their board protocols for setting up school visits when determining the most appropriate time for these visits. These could in fact, occur, after the official LGW when a classroom teacher is discussing this unit.

OPSBA has updated resources to facilitate your classroom sessions, including a Word document and a short PowerPoint presentation. Common information includes:

  • Facts and figures
  • A brief history of the role of trustees
  • Why trustees matter
  • The "rules" of school in Ontario
  • The legislated responsibilities of a school board and its trustees
  • A brief outline of the people in a school board
  • Questions and discussion points for you to consider
  • Questions and discussion points for you to ask the class 


Both documents have been created in a manner that allows you to modify them for use in either a Grade 5 or 10 classroom and to add local board information. 

The social media hashtag for Local Government Week is #LocalGovWeek.

Oct 15
Legislative Update - October 15, 2019

The Legislative Assembly of Ontario remains on summer recess and resumes on October 28, 2019. Finance Minister Rod Phillips announced that the Fall Economic Statement will be presented on November 6, 2019. 

Local Government Week 2019 - October 20-26 - #LocalGovWeek

Local Government Week (LGW) will be held October 20-26. LGW aims to increase youth and public awareness about the important role local government plays in our communities. Due to the Federal Election on October 21, we expect the announcement to be somewhat low key with Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing tweets and a possible news release. OPSBA's Policy Development Work Team (PDWT) discussed LGW earlier this school year when details were scarce. With this new information, OPSBA will be running a social media campaign to promote LGW to highlight the long advocacy history of trustees and the importance of their work. OPSBA resources have been updated to include current information and these resources are available on our website. We know many trustees visit their schools regularly and we ask trustees to determine locally if a school visit to either a Grade 5 or Grade 10 class is appropriate at this time and to follow board protocols for setting up these visits. Visits can also be scheduled after the official LGW. 

Proposed Regulations re Education Development Charges (EDCs) and Notice by School Boards Prior to Acquiring Land 

The Ontario Association of Business Officials (OASBO) submission includes a reference to OPSBA as part of their consultation process. The OPSBA submission focuses on our continued advocacy for an increase in the charges to cover the actual costs of sites and the flexibility to support boards experiencing areas of growth. 

Other Information

Oct 04
Legislative Update - October 4, 2019

The Legislative Assembly of Ontario remains on summer recess and resumes on October 28, 2019. 

OPSBA Submissions

OPSBA sent the following submissions to government regulatory postings.

  1. Proposed Regulations re Enhancing Municipal Road Safety through Automated Speed Enforcement (ASE). These proposed regulations will allow municipalities to introduce photo radar in school zone and community safety zones. Our submission supported increased measures to improve road safety and our request for local municipalities and school boards to discuss the neighbourhood issue together. The submission is posted on our website and was shared via Twitter and Instagram.
  2. Proposed Regulations re Education Development Charges (EDCs) and Notice by School Boards Prior to Acquiring Land. Our submission focussed on our continued advocacy for an increase in the charges to cover the actual costs of sites and the flexibility to support boards experiencing areas of growth. The submission is posted on our website and was shared via Twitter and Instagram

OPSBA Federal Election Resource Guide for School Boards and Trustees

During federal elections, OPSBA advocates for non-partisan strategies to engage politicians on issues that affect public education and our children and youth. OPSBA sent letters to the main parties asking questions about key education-related topics contained in the Guide. The Guide and the letters are available on a dedicated webpage, The 2019 Federal Election

Other Information

Oct 02
OPSBA in the Media, October 2019

CTA and the Provincial Government Reach a Tentative Agreement with CUPE
OPSBA Media Release, Oct. 6, 2019

Ontario high school teachers approach negotiations in new, transparent way
Toronto Star, Oct. 12, 2019
Want to know what Ontario’s high school teachers are seeking in their contract with the province and school boards? Or what the Doug Ford government is proposing in return?
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Schools open Monday as tentative deal reached between Province, CUPE
Canadian Press, Oct. 7, 2019
The province and the union representing 55,000 education workers reached a tentative deal in weekend contract talks, averting a strike that could have shut down schools in various parts of Ontario.
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Deal reached, Peterborough schools to stay open
Peterborough Examiner, Oct. 7, 2019
A deal reached late Sunday has averted a strike that threatened to close Peterborough-area schools Monday.
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School strike averted as CUPE, province reach tentative deal for support staff
Toronto Star, Oct. 7, 2019
Class is not dismissed.
The Canadian Union of Public Employees and the provincial government managed to reach a tentative deal Sunday night - meaning no strike by 55,000 caretakers, educational assistants, early childhood educators and office staff.
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Deal reached! Schools open Monday
Bay Today, Oct. 6, 2019
Parents are breathing a big sigh of relief as contract negotiations between the provincial government and the union representing Ontario's education workers reached a tentative agreement this evening.
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Ontario education workers reach deal with province, averting Monday school strike
CBC News, Oct. 6, 2019
Some 55,000 education workers in Ontario will not strike Monday after successful last-minute contract talks with the provincial government, according to Education Minister Stephen Lecce.
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Schools will remain open as CUPE and province reach tentative deal avoiding strike
Daily Hive, Oct. 6, 2019
Toronto schools will remain open on Monday morning, as CUPE and the provincial government have reached a tentative settlement.
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Strike averted as education workers reach last-minute tentative agreement
Guelph Today, Oct. 6, 2019
The Ontario Public School Boards' Association (OPSBA) is pleased to announce that the CTA and the provincial government have successfully negotiated a tentative settlement on central terms of a collective agreement with Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) education workers.
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Breaking: Tentative deal means Niagara schools are open Monday
Niagara Now, Oct. 6, 2019
The schools of both the public and the Catholic boards in Niagara will be open Monday, after proviniclal negotiators and the Canadian Union of Public Employees reached a tentative deal Sunday evening.
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Strike averted as education workers reach last-minute tentative agreement
Orillia Matters, Oct. 6, 2019
The Ontario Public School Boards' Association (OPSBA) is pleased to announce that the CTA and the provincial government have successfully negotiated a tentative settlement on central terms of a collective agreement with Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) education workers.
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Council of Trustees' Associations (CTA) and the Provincial Government Reach a Tentative Agreement with CUPE 
Port Stanley News, Oct. 6, 2019
Toronto, October 6, 2019 – The Ontario Public School Boards' Association (OPSBA) is pleased to announce that the CTA and the provincial government have successfully negotiated a tentative settlement on central terms of a collective agreement with Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) education workers.
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Rising rate of sick leave emerges as key issue as school strike looms
Ottawa Citizen, Oct. 4, 2019
The number of days CUPE support staff in Ontario schools book off sick has increased by nearly 20 per cent in the past three years, according to associations representing school boards.The boards released the data to this newspaper as the issue of sick-leave pay emerged as a key issue in contract negotiations between CUPE, the province’s school boards and the provincial government.
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Ontario CUPE Education Workers Give Strike Notice
Huffington Post, Oct. 2, 2019
TORONTO — Non-teaching staff at Ontario’s schools could walk off the job as early as Monday.
The Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Ontario School Board Council of Unions gave five-day strike action notice Wednesday.
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Schools prepare, as CUPE support-staff strike set for Oct. 7
The Toronto Star, Oct. 2, 2019
Ontario schools are bracing for a strike by 55,000 caretakers, office staff, early childhood educators and educational assistants who are set to hit the picket lines Monday unless a deal can be worked out in time.
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'GREAT CONCERN': CUPE education workers set to launch full strike
Toronto Sun, Oct. 2, 2019
The union representing 55,000 education workers across the province says it is preparing to go on strike Monday.
CUPE Ontario president Fred Hahn said they are in conversation with other education unions and ideally teachers would not cross their picket lines.
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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
Cathy Abraham, President of the Ontario Public School Boards Association, says the absentee rate of CUPE members is higher than in "comparable sectors" and "it creates a hardship in school for student(s"'. She says they could manage the absentee rate better if there were a decrease in the "very generous" rate at which CUPE employees are paid while sick.
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Sep 30
OPSBA Board of Directors Meeting – September 27 and 28, 2019

The OPSBA Board of Directors held a meeting on September 27 and 28, 2019, in Toronto. Chief Elaine Johnston, Chair of OPSBA's Indigenous Trustees' Council (ITC), gave an acknowledgement that the meeting was being held on the traditional territory of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy, the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation and the Métis Nation.

Minister of Education Stephen Lecce attended on Saturday morning and spoke on a number of relevant education-related items.

Education policy and program issues that were discussed in public session at the meeting are summarized below.

Labour Relations and Collective Bargaining

An update on collective bargaining was provided to board members. OPSBA is fully engaged in its role as the bargaining agent for all English public school boards in the province. All collective agreements in the sector expired on August 31, 2019. The current round of collective bargaining is well under way and all of OPSBA's partner federations have filed Notice to Bargain. For additional status updates, visit the OPSBA website.

Legislative Update

The Legislative Assembly of Ontario is currently adjourned until October 28, 2019.  OPSBA is following a number of developments at the provincial level, including proposed public sector wage hike caps, changes to Education Development Charges and school board land acquisition, automated speed enforcement (photo radar) in school zones, and changes to the provincial code of conduct. Additional Legislative Updates are available on the OPSBA Connects blog.

Finance

Updates on recent memos, regulations and legislative changes were provided, including the following:

Capital Priorities Program (CPP)
On July 22, the Ministry of Education announced the launch of this year's CPP, as well as the review of its School Construction Standards. Each board is to submit their top 10 requests for consideration with a deadline of September 30, 2019. 

Indigenous Education: Reciprocal Education Approach (REA)
This summer, boards were sent a memo regarding this new approach, which became effective September 1, 2019. Our members support any actions that enhance the educational opportunities and equity of outcomes for Indigenous students and help these students, their families and their communities, and fully support the ability of Indigenous parents to choose the schools that best meet the needs of their children. We also recognize and respect the jurisdiction of Indigenous communities around their schools.

Deficit Approval Requests
There were a handful of boards who submitted deficit approval requests in excess of 1% of their operating funding to the Ministry of Education. Boards heard at the beginning of the week of September 23 about whether or not their requests were approved.

Student Transportation: Driver Retention
The Ministry is once again planning to provide a financial incentive to returning drivers.

Government Relations and Public Affairs

Updates on recent OPSBA government relations and public affairs issues were provided. OPSBA's media statements and releases can be found on the OPSBA website. OPSBA, through President Cathy Abraham, has been active in the provincial news media in the past two months, with many interviews and media appearances speaking to school board concerns including collective bargaining and changes to class size and e-learning.

Education Today Fall Issue

Work on the fall 2019 issue of Education Today is well underway, with a theme focusing on Indigenous Education. More than two dozen stories from school boards and interviews with Minister of Education Stephen Lecce and Nishnawbe Aski Nation Grand Chief Alvin Fiddler are among the content for the issue, which will be posted online in October.

Program Policy Update

A summary of Ministry meetings, workgroups and program-related announcements was provided. Information shared included updates on the following:

EQAO
EQAO has released highlights of the provincial, school board and school level results for the 2018-19 reading, writing and mathematics assessments. These can be found at http://www.eqao.com/en.

Math Proficiency Test
Regulations were filed on August 20, 2019, concerning the requirement of teachers to complete a math proficiency test. New applicants to the Ontario College of Teachers will be required to successfully pass a mathematics proficiency test if their application for registration is completed on or after March 31, 2020.

Health and Physical Education Curriculum
The Ministry of Education released a revised elementary Health and Physical Education Curriculum in late August. A significant positive change is the inclusion of mental health and well-being across all topic areas, as well as consent, concussion and prevention, body image and substance abuse. School boards are now required to create exemption policies and forms for parents who do not wish their child(ren) to participate in the Human Development and Sexual Health expectations found in the curriculum.

Service Animals
School boards are now required to "implement and make publicly available on their websites their newly developed updated policies and procedures on student use of service animals by January 1, 2020."  OPSBA has been actively engaged on this topic since legislation was introduced last year. OPSBA staff are assisting school boards by sharing existing policies and/or procedures that most closely reflect the expectations in the memorandum.

Graduation Rates and Indicators
The Ministry of Education released graduation by board as of August 31, 2018, as well as 14 indicators. The graduation rate for students earning their diploma is 87.1% in five years and 81.2% in four years.

FSL Labour Market Partnership Project
OPSBA continues to lead a labour market partnership project, Meeting Labour Market Needs for French as a Second Language Instruction in Ontario, for English and Catholic public school boards. This three-year initiative's ultimate goal is to uncover workable solutions to the current worsening imbalance between the growing demand province-wide for qualified language teachers and support staff and the related supply pipeline.

Sep 27
Legislative Update - September 27, 2019

The Legislative Assembly of Ontario remains on summer recess and resumes on Monday, October 28, 2019. 

Financial Accountability Office (FAO) - Expenditure Estimates 2019-20: Ministry of Education

On September 27, the Financial Accountability Officer, Peter Weltman, released a report on the 2019-20 expenditure estimates for the Ministry of Education. The FAO "provides independent analysis on the state of the Province's finances, trends in the provincial economy and related matters important to the Legislative Assembly of Ontario." 

Media Release

Complete Report (PDF)

Briefing Slide Deck 

Information and Communications Standards Development Committee - Extension Notice

The Information and Communications Standards Development Committee's Initial Recommendations Report is available on the ministry's website for public review and feedback. The Minister has extended the public comment period from September 27, 2019, to October 18, 2019. The extension will provide obligated organizations and the public a greater opportunity to provide comments, suggestions and feedback. All feedback received will be considered by the Committee before finalizing their recommendations to the Minister. 

Other Information


Sep 26
Registration for Ophea's Healthy Schools Certification

Registration for Ophea's Healthy Schools Certification for the 2019-20 school year is now open. Registration will be open until 12 pm on October 25.

Ophea’s Healthy Schools Certification is an annual process. All schools, including schools that have been certified in the past, must register each year. To register, schools are required to upload a signed letter from the administration (principal or vice-principal).

Updated 2019-2020 Guidebook

Healthy Schools Certification, including Registration Information

Sep 16
Legislative Update - September 16, 2019

The Legislative Assembly of Ontario remains on summer recess and resumes on Monday, October 28, 2019. 

OPSBA Federal Election Resource Guide for School Boards and Trustees

On September 11, the writ was drawn up for the upcoming Federal Election, which takes place on October 21, 2019. The writ is the signal for the official beginning of the election campaign. During federal elections, OPSBA advocates for non-partisan strategies to engage politicians on issues that affect public education and our children and youth. 

The Guide has been developed with input from OPSBA senior staff, the Policy Development Work Team, and from the Canadian School Boards Association (CSBA), which will be distributing a modified version of our Guide to other CSBA members across the country. The guide includes background information on several education related topics and questions to ask both candidates and parties. 

How to Use this Guide

  • Trustees are encouraged to use this information independently when approached by a candidate or party to answer questions and engage in an education discussion. Trustees can also work with other community partners to host an all candidates meeting and supplement education-related questions. School boards can decide locally about their advocacy efforts to those federal candidates that overlap with their board's jurisdiction and can modify it to include local board issues.

  • OPSBA will post relevant federal election information on our dedicated webpage, the 2019 Federal Election.

Don't forget to encourage your schools to participate in Student Vote. To see if your school has signed up, visit https://studentvote.ca/reports. Schools can sign up at https://studentvote.ca/canada/

Finally, OPSBA has been trying to determine whether Local Government Week will be recognized this year by the Ministry of Municipal Affairs. Typically this occurs during the third week of October, which aligns this year with the Federal Election. OPSBA will provide additional information soon about this initiative to determine our next steps. In past years, we have encouraged trustees to visit their local schools and meet with Grade 5 and Grade 10 Civics classes to discuss municipal government. 


PPM No. 163 School Board Policies on Service Animals

On September 9, the Ministry of Education announced the release this new PPM that requires school boards to develop or update their boards policies and procedures on student use of service animals by January 1, 2020. Polices are to be posted on their board websites. The PPM includes a list of minimum policy components and boards should connect with local stakeholders. 

OPSBA provided input to a draft PPM after consulting with school board staff with expertise in this area and trustees (members of our Education Program and Policy Development Work Teams) who are responsible for approving school board policy. A letter was sent on May 3 to the Minister of Education with our recommendations, including a September 1, 2020 implementation date. The requirement for school board polices respecting service animals in schools was originally part of Bill 48, Safe and Supportive Classrooms Act, 2018. In February 2019, OPSBA sent a submission and presented before the Standing Committee on Social Policy. 

Government news release

PPM 163


Update: Proposed Regulations: Education Development Charges (EDCs) and Notice by School Boards Prior to Acquiring Land

A few weeks ago, OPSBA provided information on this regulatory posting which has a feedback deadline of October 7, 2019. This past week, OPSBA staff participated in a teleconference hosted by the Ontario Association of School Business Officials (OASBO). Participants included finance and planning school board staff, as well as trustees/school board associations. Next week, we have been asked to participate in a Ministry of Education consultation as the ministry is preparing an updated guideline document related to EDCs and site acquisitions to support school boards and other stakeholders. 

Regulatory Registry

OPSBA submission on Bill 108, More Homes, More Choice Act, 2019

Other Information 

September 10, 2019 Posting, Five-Year Graduation Rate Information

September 10, 2019 Statement, Minister Lecce Welcomes German Education Committee

September 10, 2019 News Release, Ontario Investing in New Community-Wide Project Aimed at Ending Child and Youth Suicide in Mississauga

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