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What Is Standing In The Way Of School Choice?

March 1 2014 – OFIS ED Barbara Bierman Speaks To The Manning Networking Conference Organized By The Manning Centre For Building Democracy –
During a panel on school choice and what stands in the way of it here in Ontario, Barb Bierman identifies 3 groups with responsibility – 2 of them are easy to guess, but the third might surprise…

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OFIS Responds To Auditor-General’s Report On Private School Oversight

 

December 12 2013 – Barbara Bierman – OFIS Executive Director – News Release
OFIS welcomes the provincial auditor-general’s report on the oversight of private
schools.  Having participated in the audit this past September, OFIS expected many recommendations that might improve the relationship between private schools and the public.

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OFIS Corrects Misinformation In Toronto Star Stories

November 30 2013 – Barbara Bierman – OFIS Executive Director – News Release
OFIS rejects the idea that children in early learning programs at private schools are in
danger and that those schools have no accountability. In order to receive and
maintain a BSID number, Board School Identification Number, all private schools
must file an annual Notice of Intention To Operate A Private School which requires them to report on all criteria established in the Education Act, including the number of children who are beneath the compulsory school age of six years.

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About The MOE Orientation Sessions – New Private Schools Manual

Dave Bird – OFIS Professional Development Coordinator
davebird@icloud.com

On Thursday, October 24th, 2013, I had the pleasure of attending the Ontario Ministry of Education’s Private Schools Unit’s London Regional Information Session, regarding the newly released (September 2013) Private Schools Policy and Procedures Manual.

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Relax! Nothing Really New About The ‘New’ Private Schools Policy & Procedures Manual!

Dave Bird – OFIS Professional Development Coordinator
dave@icloud.com

Late in August, 2013, the Ontario Ministry of Education Field Services Branch quietly released a Private Schools Policy and Procedures Manual online. At 115 pages, it’s certainly the lengthiest document that we’ve ever seen, but it’s nothing new.

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Rights Without Responsibilities – The Final Chapter

This is the 3rd part of a blog that appeared in OFIS E-news recently.
Dave Bird – OFIS Professional Development Coordinator – davebird@icloud.com

“So I got me two strikes,” he said to reporters standing about, “but you quote me that I’ll still go to bat, for three strikes and you’re out.” (Roy Zimmerman)

So, after two strikes in Parts I and II, just how do we avoid striking out before the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal? One answer lies in Section 18 of the Act:
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Rights Without Responsibilities

*This is the 2nd part of a blog that appeared in OFIS E-news recently.
Dave Bird – OFIS Professional Development Coordinator – davebird@icloud.com

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Rights Without Responsibilities – Part 2

*This is the 2nd part to a blog entry that appeared in a recent OFIS E-news
Dave Bird – OFIS PD Coordinator – davebird@icloud.com

In Part I, we reviewed the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal case involving Sharon Fair. Eight and a half years after her termination, the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal criticized the Hamilton-Wentworth DSB for having failed “to actively, promptly and diligently” consider possible solutions that would have accommodated Sharon Fair’s disability without undue hardship. That tribunal ordered Ms. Fair reinstated into a yet-to-be-determined position which would have to be created (with up to six months of training), compensated her for $419,284.00 plus interest for lost salary, and awarded her an additional $30,000.00 for injury to her dignity, feelings and self-respect.

In Part II, we’ll look at two recent interim orders by the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal.

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