An<br /> Opportunity
An Opportunity to Realize the Schools Our Students Deserve
On Thursday, June 7, 2018, Ontarians will cast their vote in the 42nd Ontario General Election, the outcome of which is critical to the future of our shared public education system.
For more than 20 years, our schools, our students, and communities have been shortchanged by Ontario’s broken education funding formula.
The barriers negatively impacting our students’ learning conditions and our working conditions—they’re all related to the broken funding formula, including:
- 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
- Increasing violent incidents
- And so much more
As advocates on behalf of public education and the students in our care, we know that this election is of the utmost importance to ETT members.
This is why we, as a union, have made this election, and campaigning to fix the education funding formula, our top priority.
Together, we are:
- Building our organizing-focused Fix the Education Funding Formula campaign, to harness the collective strength of our members.
- Collecting thousands of signatures from teachers and parents to demand that the provincial government make education funding a priority.
- Providing members with requisite hands-on training so they can effectively discuss the issue of education funding with candidates.
The ETT Executive posing with a banner displaying more than 7,000 member signatures demanding the government take action to address the broken education funding formula.
ETFO: Building Better Schools
ETFO’s provincial election lawn sign
In preparation for this election, ETT has also been developing resources and working with other locals, community groups, and parents to advance education issues, with a specific focus on promoting and disseminating ETFO‘s Building Better Schools platform.
The platform outlines a better vision for publicly funded education in Ontario through eight priorities:
- Fair Funding for Public Schools
- Small Classes for All Elementary Students
- More Resources for Students with Special Needs
- More Meaningful Student Assessment and Learning
- Greater Access to Specialist Teachers
- Greater Focus on Equal Opportunity and Inclusion
- A Strong Union Voice
- One Secular School System
Improving Public Education Together
We know that the final months of the academic year are a busy time for teachers, but with threats to our shared public education system looming, the importance of this election cannot be overstated.
Get engaged in the election process! Be sure to vote!
Please stay tuned, as we will be updating this portal weekly, with polling data, endorsements, media, and more election resources to come.
ETFO Better<br /> Schools
Building Better Schools
ETFO’s eight building blocks for providing all students in Ontario with the education that enables them to be successful learners and reach their full potential.
1. Fair Funding for Public Schools
Establish an independent review of the provincial education funding formula to identify changes required to meet actual student needs.
2. Small Classes for All Elementary Students
Reduce class sizes in grades 4 to 8 and Kindergarten to enhance activity-based learning, positive social interaction among students and individual attention from teachers.
3. More Resources for Students with Special Needs
Expand opportunities for all students to reach their learning and development potential by providing greater support for students with identified special needs and mental health issues and for students who are English language learners.
4. More Meaningful Student Assessment and Learning
Cancel EQAO testing and focus instead on teachers’ classroom assessments of students.
5. Greater Access to Specialist Teachers
Ensure access to teacher-librarians and specialist teachers in the arts, guidance, and physical and health education to provide an enriched and engaging program for all elementary students.
6. Greater Focus on Equal Opportunity and Inclusion
Foster equity and inclusion in Ontario schools by providing more support for children living in poverty and children whose families are marginalized and by using schools to expand children’s services.
7. A Strong Union Voice
Maintain the ability of unionized teachers and other education staff to speak out on behalf of safe and healthy schools and policies that contribute to student engagement, academic success and personal growth.
8. One Secular School System
Move to fund one secular school system for each official language in the province.
Building Better Schools – The ETFO Education Agenda [PDF]
Flyer – Eight Building Blocks for Better Schools [PDF]
The Value of a Secular Public School System [PDF]
ETFO Public Opinion Poll [PDF]
Questions to Ask Candidates [PDF]
The following are the party platform highlights prepared by ETFO.
Fix the<br /> Formula
Ontario’s Education Funding Formula is Shortchanging Our Students
Economist Hugh Mackenzie, in his ETFO-commissioned review of the funding model, “Shortchanging Ontario’s Students: An Overview and Assessment of Education Funding in Ontario,” concludes that “education funding in Ontario has lost its way,” as the government “accepts no accountability for the adequacy of its overall level of funding or the approach it takes to allocating that funding across the system.”
Key Implications of Funding Cuts:
- Ontario ranks dead last in per pupil funding among its key economic competitors, the 18 Northeastern and Great Lakes states and provinces.
- Inadequate funding set well below actual operational costs has deferred maintenance, resulting in the marked deterioration of school facilities.
- Special education funding does not meet actual student need.
- Art, music education, and library services have been deeply cut in some schools, and completely eliminated in others.
- Funds have been diverted from key programs that support at-risk-students.
Polling & <br />Projections
Aggregations and Projections
Both sites aggregate all publicly available polling data to estimate the outcome of the June 7, 2018 election. For the duration of the Ontario Provincial Election, both aggregators will be producing regular seat projections based on aggregate polling numbers.
CBC Poll Tracker
About CBC’s Poll Tracker
Too Close to Call
About Too Close to Call
Too Close to Call is an election aggregation and forecast model operated by polling analyst Bryan Breguet.
The following are the most recent Ontario Election opinion polls.
|Polling Firm||Last Date
|EKOS||May 24, 2018||20.4||34.9||35.6||7||2.1|
|Forum Research||May 23, 2018||14||33||47||4||2|
|Innovative Research||May 23, 2018||26||36||31||6||1|
|Pollara||May 22, 2018||18||37||38||5||2|
|Leger||May 22, 2018||21||37||37|
|Ipsos||May 21, 2018||23||36||37||4|
|Abacus||May 18, 2018||24||35||34||5||2|
|Mainstreet Research||May 18, 2018||22.3||41.9||29.3||5.0||1.4|
|EKOS||May 17, 2018||23.3||39.1||29.8||5.4||2|
|H+K Strategies||May 15, 2018||23||38||32||7|
|Ipsos||May 14, 2018||22||40||35||3|
|Innovative Research||May 12, 2018||27||35||31||6||1|
|Mainstreet Research||May 11, 2018||22.1||42.3||28.4||5.4||1.8|
|Forum Research||May 9, 2018||22||40||33||4||2|
|Innovative Research||May 9, 2018||28||38||28||6||1|
Election Day is Thursday, June 7, 2018. The polls are open from 9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Advance polls open Saturday, May 26, 2018 and close Wednesday, May 30, 2018 (10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.). Check the Elections Ontario website for advance voting locations in your electoral district.
Ontarians can also vote at their Returning Office. Check the Elections Ontario website for the Returning Office in your electoral district and its hours of operation.