Ford’s Cut To Math Supports For Ontario’s Schools Doesn’t Add Up

“This latest cut comes after it became public that the Parents Reaching Out grants had been scrapped for 2018-19. Those grants allowed parent councils to hold programming on a range of subjects – including supporting children in mathematics at home.”

A News Release from Ontario’s New Democratic Party

Posted November 7th, 2018 on Niagara At Large

He may have dropped out of college after two months, but that won’t stop Ontario’s premier from doing his own slash-and-burn restructuring or de-construction job on the province’s school system.

Queen’s Park – Just days after Education Minister Lisa Thompson introduced legislation to impose a new math test on Ontario teachers, Doug Ford’s government is poised to cut funding that helps teachers improve their math skills.

NDP Education Critic Marit Stiles raised the issue in question period this past October 31st.

 “By introducing a new test at the front end of a teacher’s career but taking away opportunities to build on those skills and keep them sharp down the line it is clear that this government is more interested in playing politics than actually improving outcomes for students,” Stiles said.

 “How can the Minister justify imposing a new math test for teachers with one hand while cutting the funding meant to strengthen those skills on the other?”

This latest cut comes after it became public that the Parents Reaching Out grants had been scrapped for 2018-19. Those grants allowed parent councils to hold programming on a range of subjects – including supporting children in mathematics at home.

(A Footnote from Niagara At Large reporter and publisher          Doug Draper

This might sound a little harsh to ‘Ford Nation’ fans, but what more can you expected from someone who talks and acts like some towel-snappin’ jock in a locker room who dropped out of school in Grade 10 after being held back a year three times.

Someone who either can’t understand or does not care about the science around climate change has no business playing sand box games with Ontario’s educational system.

What I find most disheartening is the number of older people who voted for Ford who don’t raise a word about the cuts Ford has been making to services for younger families and children and, in some cases, have said words to the effect of; “Why should this bother me? I don’t have kids in school anymore. I want tax cuts and cheaper gas.”

Let’s wait to hear what those people say when Ford comes after their health care and other seniors entitlements, because he will. They better hope others show more sympathy for them.)

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