Wednesday, July 25, 2007

New Era of Peace in Our Schools

I'm wondering what Kathleen Wynne will do after the election in October. Remember, she was hailed as a champion for public education. Perhaps, when she goes back into civilian life, she will once again be hailed as a champion for public education.

February 17, 2000

The Metro Parent network wants the Toronto school board to take a stand against the provincial government and say no to the funding formula.

Kathleen Wynne, a member of the Metro Parent Network, said she wants the Toronto board to develop a budget based on the needs of kids, not on those of the provincial funding formula.

April 3, 2001

"I'm not going to go into the details of the impact of that on the negotiations, but I think we all have to remember that we're working in a framework of legislation and funding that does not allow us to run the system the way we would choose to run it," said [Toronto District School Board Trustee Kathleen] Wynne.

She opposed the evils of the funding formula, and she was opposed to direct ministry intervention in the operation of a school board.

So, what happened?

October 3, 2006

The Peel Catholic school board has refused to obey the Ontario government's order to balance its books, meaning the province will likely appoint a supervisor to make millions in cuts.

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Under the Ontario Education Act, Education Minister Kathleen Wynne is mandated to appoint a supervisor to take over financial control of a school board's books to balance its budget.

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"The law is very clear. If the board's budgets don't balance, then the province has to take action."

July 13, 2007

Despite calling a union advertising campaign attacking the government "alarmist and inflammatory," Education Minister Kathleen Wynne admits problems remain in the much-maligned school funding formula.

"It's not as though we're blindly carrying on as though everything's done and we're finished with fixing education in Ontario," Wynne said in an interview. "That would be an exercise in self-deception."

Link mine. Self-deception is an interesting choice of words, too.

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