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OPSBA in the Media, August 2018

2018 8/14 | Connects Page, OPSBA in the Media

‘Hard to get people engaged:’ Three Durham school trustee seats already won with no contest
Jillian Follert, DurhamRegion.com, Aug. 30, 2018
DURHAM — There are 25 school board trustee seats in Durham — and three of them have already been won, long before the municipal election in October.

It’s not unusual. Across Ontario, as many as one third of school trustee seats are acclaimed.
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Ontario’s largest teachers’ union says it will defend educators who use updated sex-ed curriculum
Caroline Alphonso, The Globe and Mail, Aug. 13, 2018
The head of Ontario’s largest teachers’ union says it will “vigorously defend” educators who use the modernized sex-education curriculum in classrooms.

Speaking at the annual meeting for the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO) on Monday, president Sam Hammond said the government’s decision to revert to a 20-year-old curriculum is “irresponsible, discriminatory and jeopardizes the safety of the students that we teach.” ETFO said that if there are any complaints made by parents or disciplinary action taken by school boards against teachers who use the new curriculum, it will apply all measures to defend them.
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