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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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Recent Posts

Bill 143 – Impact For Private School Early Learning Programs

February 20 2014 – Private School Owners & Operators Meet Regularly To Respond To Bill 143 –

Bill 143, the Child Care Modernization Act , was tabled by the provincial government on December 3 2014. It began debate on February 18 2014.  There is opportunity for stakeholders to provide feedback to the government on this bill before March 14 2014 and opposition parties are also looking to hear from those affected. Parents deserve real choice. Private schools are committed to offering the best, highest quality education that parents require. Private schools are happy to be part of a public consultation process on a bill that really works to keep kids safe.

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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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Auditor-General Releases Report On Government Oversight Of Private Schools

December 10, 2013 – Auditor-General of Ontario –
Audit’s objectives were to assess whether the Ministry had adequate procedures in place to:
*assess the effectiveness of private schools in providing satisfactory instruction
*
ensure compliance with the Education Act and related ministry policies.

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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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Ontario To Close Private School Loophole

December 3 2013 – Toronto Star – Marco Chown Oved
“In legislation to be introduced Tuesday (December 3), the minority Liberal government will be making several changes to the Day Nurseries Act, which governs all child care in the province.

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Ontario Private School And Storefront Daycares Operate In Legal Loophole

November 30 2013 – Toronto Star – Marco Chown Oved
“Until 1993, preschool programs affiliated with private schools could exist without having to be licensed as a daycare. The government closed the loophole that year, but allowed existing programs to continue operating without a daycare licence.”

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The Bush Brother Everyone’s Watching Now

November 7 2013 – Inside Agenda Blog – Steve Paikin
Florida Governor Jeb Bush was in town at the end of October talking about education reform. After he became governor in 1999, he discovered he’d taken over a sclerotic education system that was failing kids, dominated by unions, and suffering from the tragedy of low expectations.

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Doing Away With The Honour Roll & Award System In Schools Is Absurd

November 3 2013 – The HuffPost Living Canada

No more honour roll. No more awards ceremonies. While it may only be Calgary’s St. Basil School in the spotlight now, there is little doubt that countless other schools and districts will — or have already — taken active steps to eliminate all evidence that the world is in fact a competitive place, and that performance is variable.

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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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