By Kristin Rushowy Queen's Park Bureau Mon., March 11, 2019 Boards will be getting additional funding to help with hundreds of new students with autism expected to arrive in classrooms next month, as critics accused the province of downloading kids’ behavioural therapy needs onto Ontario schools. The Ford government was warned by boards about the impact of the new autism program that reduces funding for thousands of families who are now expected to turn to their local schools looking for services — starting in two weeks’ time. In anticipation of the imminent influx of students with autism, Education Minister Lisa Thompson announced that the government would provide schools about $12,300 per new student. Schools receive that amount for every kid enrolled; however, under previous rules they could be eligible for the funds only up to March 31. But school boards had been writing to Thompson, as well as Community and Social Services Minister … [Read more...] about Ford government to boost school funding to deal with influx of students with autism
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By Kristin Rushowy Queen's Park Bureau Mon., March 11, 2019 The Ford government is going to boost funding for behaviour supports for students with autism by an average of $12,300 for each new child entering the school system when changes to the system come into effect April 1, Education Minister Lisa Thompson announced Monday morning. Speaking to a meeting of the Ontario English Catholic Teachers Association in Ottawa, Thompson said the province will also boost training for teachers — both online and as “additional qualification” courses — and also give boards money to expand after-school programs for students on the autism program. “These supports will start, absolutely, immediately,” she said. “We are making changes to school board funding so supports will be in place for this school year.” The government has come under considerable criticism from parents and school boards for the changes, which will see … [Read more...] about Ford government to boost school funding by $12,300 for every child with autism who enters the system
By Kristin Rushowy Queen's Park Bureau Fri., March 8, 2019 Toronto’s Catholic board is urging the province to “reconsider” changes to the autism program given the lack of information for schools that are expected to take in a number of students who will see cutbacks to their behavioural therapy. “We are disappointed that the provincial government has not yet consulted or provided school boards with the pertinent information about the impacts of their recent autism announcement,” says a statement released Friday by the Toronto Catholic District School Board and Chair Maria Rizzo. “We do not know how this funding will support better continuity in service delivery from JK to Grade 12 and beyond and what it means for in-school teams and processes within our schools. “We still have yet to hear how the government will support students with autism transitioning to school.” Meanwhile, in a letter also released Friday, … [Read more...] about Toronto school boards urge province for ‘additional and urgent’ autism funding
BUDAPEST: Hungary's government will stop financing gender studies university courses, Prime Minister Viktor Orban's chief of staff said on Tuesday (Aug 14), marking one of the first concrete steps in a cultural shift signalled last month.Re-elected in April to a third consecutive term, right-wing nationalist Orban said in July that major cultural and intellectual changes were in the works, adding that his landslide victory was "nothing short of a mandate to build a new era".Chief of staff Gergely Gulyas cited low enrolment numbers, which he said would be reason enough alone to shut down the courses, but also spelled out the government's ideological opposition at a news conference."The Hungarian government is of the clear view that people are born either men or women. They lead their lives the way they think best, but beyond this, the Hungarian state does not wish to spend public funds on education in this area," he said.Orban's supporters want a shift towards conservative values to end … [Read more...] about Hungary to stop financing gender studies courses: PM aide
By Kieran Leavitt StarMetro Edmonton Thu., Aug. 2, 2018 EDMONTON—Many words in the Cree language are buried under the cultural rubble of colonization, smothered by residential schools, where children weren’t allowed to speak their native tongue. Edward Lavallee-Meequaan can fluently speak Cree—one of the country’s most widely-spoken Indigenous languages, along with Ojibway, and Innu/Montagnais. In fact, Cree is his first language. But he’s noticed that many fluent speakers are older and few young people speak it. Now 77, he lives in Edmonton, where he can use Cree more often as there is a small community of people who grew up with it as their first language and love speaking it. “When I lived in other Canadian cities, I didn’t find too many good Cree speakers,” he said. Born in 1940, he grew up on the Sturgeon Lake First Nation reserve in central Saskatchewan but went on to travel across Canada throughout his … [Read more...] about Will the government’s Indigenous languages law save endangered tongues?