School choice key to improving education

Competition is always better than monopoly and the education system is no exception

School choice key to improving educationThe Ontario government recently announced a new elementary school math curriculum. It’s likely a positive step but more fundamental funding changes are necessary to truly improve the province’s education system. The province will return to a “back to basics” approach to math aimed at improving standardized test scores. It will also introduce lessons on financial…

What Betsy DeVos could learn about school choice from Ontario

Unfortunately, the U.S. Education Secretary would have to visit the past to find truly innovative approaches to school choice

What Betsy DeVos could learn about school choice from OntarioBetsy DeVos, Donald Trump’s Education Secretary, is charged with promoting school choice. She was about to visit Ontario recently but her visit was cancelled. One cannot but wonder if DeVos’ advisors learned of how Premier Kathleen Wynne’s Liberal party clawed its way to power by smothering a truly innovative school choice program in its cradle.…

Kudos to Toronto, but independent schools still face discrimination

Subjecting parents choosing such schools for their children to extra costs is discriminatory

Kudos to Toronto, but independent schools still face discriminationBy Derek J. Allison Deani Van Pelt and Beth Green Cardus You could call it a step forward in fairness for Canadians who send their kids to independent schools. The Toronto Board of Health recently recommended the extension of its student nutrition programs to qualified independent schools. That means more than 300 independent schools could…

Ontario’s free post-secondary initiative deserves to be emulated

By making free tuition available to low-income students, Ontario is making a significant investment in its economic future

Ontario’s free post-secondary initiative deserves to be emulatedOntario is spending big to provide free post-secondary education to low-income students. The program has already awarded grants to about 185,000 students this semester. That means about a third of all full-time Ontario students attending college or university have qualified for some help. Funding qualified students who couldn't otherwise afford an advanced education is meant…

Don’t keep parents in the dark about their child’s transgenderism

A handful of Ontario school boards have decided that parents shouldn't be told if their child has adopted a transgender identity

Don’t keep parents in the dark about their child’s transgenderismA handful of Ontario school boards have implemented policies that allow children from junior kindergarten to Grade 12 who have adopted a transgender identity to keep it from their parents. It’s a presumption that the choice may not be as readily accepted in the household, and that schools and educators will provide a safer environment.…

How school systems respond to the pressure to be inclusive

Fundamental to human rights in Canada is access to a public education system that offers choice and quality to the taxpayers who pay for it

How school systems respond to the pressure to be inclusiveChoice and opportunity should be fundamental to public education, but sometimes the argument gets muddied by peculiar personal perspectives. We’ve seen an unprecedented movement in Canadian publicly-supported schools to accommodate the needs and rights of minority groups such as LGBTQ, with the introduction of gender-neutral bathrooms and curriculum updates. Social justice issues have taken up…

It’s a political gamble to embrace prayer in public schools

Only 10 years ago, Premier Kathleen Wynne campaigned vehemently against a faith-based school model. Now, she has suddenly changed her mind

It’s a political gamble to embrace prayer in public schoolsThe debate about the separation of state and church in publicly-funded schools is important, but often emotions run high and sound analysis gets lost. Last month, the Peel District public school board in Ontario used police to remove parents who were upset that their children’s school administration was broadening the rules for school prayer. The…

Funding help alone won’t ensure more students succeed

Bridging the socio-economic gap in poor schools to improve literacy and math skills will ultimately give young people a leg up in post-secondary institutions

Funding help alone won’t ensure more students succeedOntario Premier Kathleen Wynne's plan to increase post-secondary education subsidies for students from lower income households is a good start, but more needs to be done. High school graduates from households that earn less than $50,000 a year will find going to university or college in September a lot more affordable, thanks to new grants and loans.…

Right idea, wrong messenger, for education reform in Ontario

A federal Tory candidate’s policy proposal would end a decade of silence on school choice in Canada

Right idea, wrong messenger, for education reform in OntarioThe long drought of policy attention for independent schools and homeschools in Ontario is over. Andrew Sheer, a candidate for the federal Conservative leadership, recently announced a policy proposal that would see independent school parents receive an annual tax deduction of up to $4,000 per child attending an independent school. Homeschool parents would have access…

Deeper deficits spurred by increases in public school spending

Provincial governments have been spending more money to educate a smaller number of students

Deeper deficits spurred by increases in public school spendingBy Charles Lammam and Hugh MacIntyre The Fraser Institute With governments across Canada preparing to release their budgets, Canadians can expect headlines announcing new government spending on this or that initiative. But in all the hoopla, what is often overlooked is the harsh reality that governments do not have a bottomless pit of tax money…
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