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In order to keep our members, the public, politicians and the media aware of issues impacting independent schools in Ontario, we post and archive important articles and responses for easy retrieval. Besides providing links to original articles and responses made by OFIS or other independent school groups, we post the most up to date information on government changes in education, parental choice and school choice ideas and legal expectations for independent schools.
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Sweden Provides Lessons On How To Increase Accessibility For Low And Middle-income Parents To More School Choice
November 15 2016 – Fraser Institute – Gabriel Heller Sahlgren – Amid continued calls in some provinces to reduce or even eliminate government funding of independent schools, policymakers could look to Sweden and its full government funding model that increases school choice for parents, particularly modest-income families, finds a new study by the Fraser Institute, an independent, non-partisan Canadian public policy think-tank.
The Facts Behind Private Schools In Alberta
August 17 2016 – Tory Media – Derek J. Allison – Public funding for private schools continues to be a hot topic in Alberta. As argued in a recent Edmonton Journal opinion piece, some want to eliminate all financial support for private schools. But what are the facts?
Independent Schools In British Columbia: Myths & Realties
September 20 2016 – Barbara Mitchell Centre For Education Improvement – This study finds that despite frequent claims to the contrary, independent schools do not drain resources from public schools, but in fact, the elimination of the partial funding of independent schools would likely increase the strain on public schools and on B.C. taxpayers.
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.”
Read The Latest Report On Private Schools
September 23 2015 – Feature – Globe & Mail – When it comes to making decisions about sending your child to an independent school, the choices can be overwhelming. The Globe offers a variety of topics to consider….
Private School Enrolment Surge Led By Saskatchewan, Alberta
October 6 2015 – Canadian Press – CBC News – In almost every province, independent schools are getting more students while public schools see decreases
Sex Ed Protests Give Birth To New Private Schools In Toronto
September 30 2015 – Selena Ross – The Globe & Mail – The province does, however, keep more recent numbers on “notices of intention to open a private school,” which have jumped in the past two years. In 2013-14, there were 94; then 155 in 2014-15. For this school year, there have been 148.
Parents Scrambling For Alternatives To Public Schools Amid Sex-Ed Row
September 3 2015 – Kristin Rushowy – Toronto Star – “Families who oppose the new curriculum looking at home-schooling, private education as possible outcomes.”
If The Government Will Give Us Our Own Cash To Fund Child Care, Why Not Schools?
July 21 2015 – Marni Soupcoff – Globe & Mail – “There’s a far simpler approach that bypasses the necessity of centrally planning province-wide education systems that will work for all the hundreds of thousands of different circumstances, needs and desires of the kids and families involved: give parents a $12,000 voucher (or whatever the current per child spending amount on education is in a given province) and let them use it at the school of their choice.”
Boost Competition In Education To Keep Wages In Line
June 25 2015 – Christine VanGeyn – Hamilton Spectator – “Parents and students should expect strikes to continue, considering the lack of competition within Ontario’s education system….One workable solution could be to simply create more choice in education. There is some competition between boards, primarily the English Public and English Catholic boards, but more school choice may be a useful pressure valve to undercut the overwhelming power the teachers unions have over government and parents.”