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OPSBA in the Media – October 2020

2020 10/5 | Connects Page, OPSBA in the Media

Then & Now: Ever wondered about the people local public schools are named for?
sudbury.com, Oct. 22, 2020
Eight Rainbow Board elementary schools in Greater Sudbury are named after community leaders. Their names, branded on bricks and mortar and children’s teams jerseys, live on. But who were these individuals and what part did they play in local history?
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Cathy Abraham on CBC Ontario Morning regarding teacher hiring practices
CBC Ontario Morning, Oct. 16, 2020 – Part 2  
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PUBLIC SCHOOL BOARDS LAUD LECCE MOVE ON SENIORITY HIRING
Bay Observer, Oct. 15, 2020
The organization representing Ontario’s Public School Boards issued a statement just minutes after Education Minister Stephen Lecce announced he was scrapping Regulation 274 which forced principals to hire substitute teachers based on seniority. In a release the Ontario Public School Board Association wrote, “today’s announcement is good news for Ontario’s public school boards and their communities. The Ontario Public School Boards’ Association (OPSBA) has been advocating strongly for the repeal of Regulation 274, which favours seniority as the most important factor in teacher hiring, since its introduction in September 2012.”
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Ford government revokes seniority rule for Ontario teacher hiring
CBC News, Oct. 15, 2020
Premier Doug Ford’s government is revoking a policy that for the past decade has forced Ontario school boards to hire only from a pool of teachers with the most seniority.
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Ontario scraps controversial teacher hiring rule that favours seniority
CTV News Toronto, Oct. 15, 2020
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Ontario Revokes Teacher Hiring Rules Based on Seniority
The Epoch Times, Oct. 15, 2020
Teachers will now be hired based on merit and diversity not seniority moving forward, says Ontario education minister.
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Ontario will end teacher hiring rules based on seniority, says education minister
Ottawa Citizen, Oct. 15, 2020
The province is scrapping teacher seniority hiring rules, saying they prevent the best applicants from getting jobs and are a roadblock during a pandemic as schools try to quickly add new staff.
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‘Another upheaval:’ Toronto board moving hundreds of elementary teachers online
The Canadian Press, Oct. 7, 2020
TORONTO — Hundreds of elementary school teachers will trade the chalkboard for the keyboard next week as Canada’s largest school district adjusts to soaring enrolment in online education.
The Toronto District School Board plans to reassign about 570 teachers to its “Virtual School” platform as it tries to ensure all students taking classes online have access to a full-time teacher, a spokesman said Wednesday.
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$35 million pledged for Ontario schools in COVID-19 hot spots
The Toronto Star, Oct. 5, 2020
Schools in COVID-19 hot spots across the province — Toronto, Peel, York and Ottawa — will receive an extra $35 million in funding to hire more teachers and staff, boost cleaning or provide devices for families keeping their kids at home to learn.
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Ontario trumpeted its $1.3-billion back-to-school plan. But a closer analysis shows it’s all about muddy math
The Toronto Star, Oct. 4, 2020
It’s a claim we’ve heard again and again from Premier Doug Ford and Education Minister Stephen Lecce: the provincial government is providing “up to $1.3 billion” to support school boards’ back-to-school plans in the age of COVID-19.
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Cathy Abraham re-elected as Ontario Public School Boards Chair
PTBO Today, Oct. 1, 2020
The former Chair of the Kawartha Pine Ridge District School Board is going to continue her role as President of the Ontario Public School Boards’ Association.
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