Oil Together Now: Who’s really playing politics in the classroom?

Alberta Education Minister Adriana LaGrange is very concerned that teachers in classrooms across the province are turning students into anti-oil zealots. Her evidence? Two multiple-choice questions from a grade 10 Social Studies test, reportedly sent by a parent, that appear to cast aspersions on oilsands development (the offending options have…
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How not to engage parents: Lessons from the Ontario Ministry of Education

Public engagement is a double-edged sword: do it right and invigorate democratic institutions; do it wrong and fuel distrust in government. The Education in Ontario Consultation offers a glaring example of public engagement gone wrong. Here’s why. View the story Menu Introduction Choosing a public engagement model Rolling out the…
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Leaves are falling, but what about tuition fees

With somewhat less media coverage than previous years, Statistics Canada has released its tuition fee estimates for 2019/20. And for the first time since I can remember, the national average for undergraduate tuition fees actually declined from the previous year. Good news, right? Not so fast. Erika Shaker looks at…
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Alors que la nouvelle année scolaire débute, les conseils scolaires de l’Ontario sont à court d’argent. Voici les chiffres.

L’année passée, les changements au financement de l’éducation en Ontario se sont apparentés à un spectacle de tours de passe-passe. Des annonces contradictoires du gouvernement, l’emploi de termes brumeux tels que « protection contre l’attrition » et des transferts d’argent entre les différentes enveloppes budgétaires ont généré une confusion générale sur ce…
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As the new school year starts, Ontario school boards are strapped for cash. Here’s by how much.

Over the past year, following changes to education funding in Ontario has felt like watching a cups and ball magic trick. Contradictory government announcements, the usage of obtuse terms such as “attrition protection,” and the moving of money between funding envelopes have created a general sense of confusion as to…
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