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An ETFO radio ad on fixing the outdated education funding formula.
Our Students Matter: Campaign to Fix the Education Funding Formula
The current provincial education funding formula is not realizing the schools that Toronto students deserve.
Large class sizes, insufficient supports for students with special needs, crumbling buildings and classrooms that are either too hot or too cold, cuts to specialist teachers, and increasing violent incidents—the barriers negatively impacting our students’ learning conditions and our working conditions—they’re all related to a broken funding formula.
We are saying enough is enough! Our students matter! It’s time to fix the funding formula!
To take action on this issue we’ve launched a multi-faceted campaign leading up to the provincial elections and Collective Bargaining in 2019 demanding that the provincial government make education funding a priority.
Phase Two – Parent Petition and MPP Action
Following the amazing success of Phase One of our campaign, getting a majority of teachers to sign the Fix the Education Funding Formula petition, Phase Two of our campaign is to include parents in our collective voice.
The first step of Phase Two is for every ETT member to collect five signatures from parents, using the Fix the Education Funding Formula petition, by May 31, 2018.
Just five signatures per member would mean that we’ve talked with more than 50,000 parents and that they are ready to fight to fix the broken funding formula and make it a priority ahead of the provincial election.
The second step of Phase Two is for parents and teachers to meet directly with MPPs and MPP candidates, with thousands of signatures in hand, and to get a commitment from each of them to fix the broken education funding formula.
The ETT Political Action Committee is hosting a session on Friday, April 20, 2018 to provide members with the the requisite hands-on training to effectively discuss the issue with candidates.
Phase One – Member Petition
Phase One of our campaign was a tremendous success. Close to 7,000 ETT members signed the petition to fix the broken education funding formula—a first for our union.
This important first step shows that we can harness our collective power, school by school, to win the victories necessary to build better schools.
Broken<br /> Formula
Ontario’s Per Pupil Funding Doesn’t Come Close to Meeting Expectations
Ontario ranks dead last in per pupil funding among the 18 Northeastern and Great Lakes states and provinces—our key economic competitors.
Resources for Our Students with Special Needs are Severely Lacking
The TDSB lost $8.6 million in special education funding in 2016-2017, as the funding model prioritizes statistics, not actual student need.
Class Sizes in Grades 4-8 and Kindergarten are Too Big
The funding formula allows for huge class sizes (30 and above), shortchanging our youngest students.
Full Day Kindergarten Costs Aren’t Covered
The funding shortfall for the early years program was almost $15 million in Toronto in 2014-2015. This shortfall continues.
Health and Safety Issues Aren’t Getting the Immediate Attention they Need
Workplace violence, air quality, noise level, and mould are top health and safety concerns. Insufficient staffing levels and a $15.9 billion provincial repair backlog in our aging schools mean these issues remain unaddressed.
English as a Second Language (ESL) Funding Isn’t Guaranteed
ESL funding has never supported actual student needs. And worse, ESL funding isn’t protected, so it can be spent elsewhere to plug unrelated funding gaps.
Program Funding for Our Most Vulnerable Students Has Never Been Enough
The Learning Opportunities Grant, which funds programs for students who have a higher risk of academic difficulty, is insufficient. Like the ESL grant, there’s no accountability for how this money is spent by boards.
Elementary Students Don’t Get as Much Support as Secondary Students
Ontario continues to spend $612 less on elementary students than secondary.
Basic School Programs and Services are Treated like a Funding “Frill”
The funding formula doesn’t allow every school to have a librarian and fully functioning library. And Music, Art, Physical Education, and Guidance have never been properly funded.
Teachers do Regular Report Cards; the Province Hasn’t Since 2002
There’s been no comprehensive education funding formula review since the Rozanski Report of 2002. And nothing came of that review!
Our Students Deserve Better! Sign the Petition to Fix the Broken Education Funding Formula!
Shortchanging Ontario Students: An Overview and Assessment of Education Funding in Ontario, Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario, Hugh MacKenzie, 2017. [PDF]
Phase Two Resources
Learn more about ETFO’s 6-point plan for improving elementary education in Ontario.
Shortchanging Ontario Students: An Overview and Assessment of Education Funding in Ontario [PDF]
A report on Ontario’s education funding formula. Prepared by ETFO and economist Hugh Mackenzie & Associates.
Fix Our Schools Resources
Ontarians advocating for safe, well-maintained public schools.
Ontario’s Deteriorating Schools: The Fix Is Not In [PDF]
An analysis of the physical condition of Ontario’s elementary and secondary schools and the funding and program changes needed to bring them up to standard. Prepared by the Campaign for Public Education and economist Hugh Mackenzie & Associates.