Increased School Choice in Ontario ‘Long Overdue’ As Province Is ‘Falling Behind’: Report

November 19 2015 – National Post – Ashley Csanady – “We are just falling behind. School choice has been one of the major and perhaps the most potent education-reform initiatives that has been adopted very very widely around the world,” said Allison, emeritus professor in the education faculty at The University of Western Ontario. Studies show it can improve both student achievement and parental satisfaction.”

Some people think of school choice as synonymous with vouchers parents can take to the school of their choice, public or private or charter, but there are many other options. In Canada, B.C., Manitoba and Alberta all allow open enrolment, which means kids can go to whichever school in their board they like, without regard for physical boundaries. Those three provinces, Quebec and Saskatchewan also provide funding to non-government run schools.

If “two-thirds of OECD countries have adopted policies that enrich school choice for families over the last several decades… (as have) five of Canada’s provinces have also done the same, then school choice is not inherently a strange, or unusual or marginal idea,” Allison said. “It’s very popular it’s very common and it’s proved a very effective way to improve our schools.”

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