Centring Schools as Part of Our Communities

When we invest in Ontario’s public education ecosystem, we’re helping support the growth of stronger, healthier communities. Not only are schools the lifeline of communities across our province, they’re also the engine that will power the next generation of small business owners, librarians and nurses. We ensure this when we prioritize progress in every community, not when we leave them to fend for themselves.
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What’s This About?

A robust publicly-funded education system is dependent on investments incommunities and public services. The foundation of economic growth begins with families and communities. When they have direct access to strong publicservices and supports, families and communities succeed. Strong public servicesfuel economic growth.

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How do we address these issues?

The Ontario Secondary School Teachers' Federation's (OSSTF/FEESO) Strengthen Public Education–Rebuild Ontario plan is a vision for how we can protect and buildup Ontario's publicly-funded education system. Take a look below at some the key issues affecting our students that must be addressed moving forward.

Investing in Education is an Investment in Ontario

  • Services such as affordable child care, universal basic income, and improving access to supports will build stronger, healthier communities.

  • Lower tuition fees will reduce the financial burden on students and families and improve access to quality publicly-funded post-secondary education.

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Supporting the Growth of Communities

  • Greater investment in community training and education for newcomers to Canada, as well as improved skill retraining opportunities for people entering or transitioning back into the workforce successfully fuels economic growth.

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Permanent, Paid Sick Days for Workers in Ontario

  • Giving workers the ability to stay home when sick will significantly reduce the spread of illnesses in workplaces and communities.

  • Paid sick days provide financial security for families while helping to keep communities and workplaces safe.

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Focus On First Nations, Metis, and Inuit Communities

  • Infrastructure supports for education, including access to full school programming, technology, Wi-Fi, and sustainable, safe buildings.

  • Recentring the curriculum with a lens on First Nations, Metis, and Inuit ways of knowing and learning.

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Addressing and Confronting Anti-Black Racism and Other Forms of Racism and Oppression

  • Decentring whiteness in education.

  • Dismantling white supremacy and colonial legacy practices in education.

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De-Streaming

  • Advocating for increased permanent funding for de-streaming.

  • Smaller class sizes, dedicated education workers in  classes, and training for all education workers  and  teachers  is required for the successful implementation of de-streaming.

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Hiring and Retention Practices

  • Advocating for greater access to professional training and retention programs/policies for members of Black, Indigenous, and other racialized communities.

  • Advocating for greater diversity, transparency and accountability in hiring practices in publicly-funded education

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Focus On First Nations, Metis, and Inuit Communities

  • Infrastructure supports for education, including access to full school programming, technology, Wi-Fi, and sustainable, safe buildings.

  • Recentring the curriculum with a lens on First Nations, Metis, and Inuit ways of knowing and learning.

Show Your SupportLearn More ↓

Addressing and Confronting Anti-Black Racism and Other Forms of Racism and Oppression

  • Decentring whiteness in education.

  • Dismantling white supremacy and colonial legacy practices in education.

Show Your SupportLearn More ↓

De-Streaming

  • Advocating for increased permanent funding for de-streaming.

  • Smaller class sizes, dedicated education workers in  classes, and training for all education workers  and  teachers  is required for the successful implementation of de-streaming.

Show Your SupportLearn More ↓

Hiring and Retention Practices

  • Advocating for greater access to professional training and retention programs/policies for members of Black, Indigenous, and other racialized communities.

  • Advocating for greater diversity, transparency and accountability in hiring practices in publicly-funded education

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Schools are the lifeline of our communities across the province.
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