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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Ontario fall update: Multi-year plan to squeeze public services continues

Government revenues are rising and the provincial deficit is melting away, but Ontario’s Finance Minister is sticking to his multi-year plan for significant cuts to public services. That‘s the key takeaway from this year’s Economic Outlook and Fiscal Review, released by Minister Rod Phillips today. Today’s update provided further evidence…
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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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