TDSB Chair's Newsletter
Volume 23 - April 2019
Updates on Public Education Funding, Teacher Reductions

Recently, the Ministry of Education announced upcoming changes to class sizes for Grades 4 to 8 and high schools, and reductions in funding for public education. These changes will result in approximately 216 fewer elementary teachers next year and approximately 800 fewer high school teachers over four years. To keep the public well informed, the TDSB has created a webpage that will be updated as more information becomes available.
Chair Writes Letter to the Minister, re: Large Class Sizes, Reduction of Teaching Positions and Funding

On Tuesday, April 2, 2019, Chair of the Board Robin Pilkey wrote to the Minister of Education Lisa Thompson to express the Board's deep concerns with the Ministry's announcement on Friday, March 15, regarding funding reductions and increased class sizes. The full letter is now available online
Statements to the Board from the Director and Chair Re: Classroom Size Changes

At the March 20 Board Meeting, Chair Robin Pilkey and Director of Education John Malloy took a moment to address the recent Ministry of Education announcements regarding funding reductions and increased class sizes. Both statements are now available online
Come Celebrate Timberbank’s 50th Anniversary

Timberbank Junior Public School will be marking 50 years of excellence in education with a celebration event and pancake brunch on Saturday, April 13, 2019. Join the Timberbank community and alumnae in an afternoon of festivities and reminiscence on this milestone occasion.
Watch the Director’s Webcast 

Director of Education John Malloy hosted a panel discussion with TDSB educators on helping students reach their full potential. Topics included: Academic Pathways Grades 9-10, Math and Numeracy, Special Education and Global Competencies. The popular webcast previously aired live on January 29, 2019. The video is now available on the TDSB’s YouTube
Chair Writes Letter to the Minister and Toronto MPPs, re: Priority Schools Initiative EPO

On behalf of the Toronto District School Board, Chair Robin Pilkey wrote to the Minister of Education and all Toronto-area Members of Provincial Parliament to express the Board’s concerns about the reduction in provincial funding for programs that help Toronto’s most at-risk communities and youth, and to advocate for the Focus on Youth Summer Program. 
Recent Heritage Months and Celebrations at the TDSB

March: Greek Heritage Month

April: Sikh Heritage Month, Hispanic Heritage Month and Latin-America History Month
School-based Staff Allocation 2019-20: Classroom 

The Board approved the following 2019-20 allocations for school-based staff:

• Elementary Teachers: 10,363.0 FTE positions;
• Secondary Teachers: 4,223.0 FTE positions; and
• Early Childhood Educators: 1,256.0 FTE positions.

Please note that the above allocations do not include the Second Stage of School-Based Staff Allocation, that include  Elementary and Secondary Vice-Principals, Education Assistants, Special Education Support Staff, School Office Clerical, School-Based Safety Monitors, Caretakers, Lunchroom Supervisors, Aquatic Instructors and Food Program Assistants. The teacher categories in Stage Two are: Elementary – ESL, Learning Opportunities – Grades 4-8, Literacy/Numeracy, Guidance, Caring and Safe Schools, Profile Teachers; and Secondary – Learning Opportunities, Library/Guidance, Caring and Safe Schools, Alternative Attendance Programs, Profile Teachers and e-Learning.
School Year Calendar, 2019-20 

The Board approved (16.2) the school year calendar for 2019-20 for elementary, secondary and year round alternative schools. This includes key dates such as PA days, holidays and winter break, which is scheduled for Dec. 23, 2019 to January 3, 2020.
Parent and Student Involvement in School Improvement

The Board received (16.2) the interim report on Parent and Student Involvement in School Improvement. This plan includes updating P.023, Parent and Community Engagement and developing a new Student Engagement Policy, along with other resources, that will help transform student learning, raise achievement and well-being and address opportunity gaps by involving student, parent and family perspectives. 

Associate Director Colleen Russell-Rawlins presented this report. You can watch her presentation at about 1:25:51
Membership on the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority’s Outdoor Education Task Force

The Board nominated Trustee Anu Sriskandarajah to serve on the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority’s Outdoor Education Task Force for a term ending February 2021.
Next Board Meeting
The next regular Board meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, April 17, 2019.

TDSB Trustees

Harpreet Gill
Ward 1 - Etobicoke North

Dan MacLean
Ward 2 - Etobicoke Centre

Patrick Nunziata
Ward 3 - Etobicoke-Lakeshore

Christopher Mammoliti
Ward 4 - Humber River-Black Creek

Alexandra Lulka

Ward 5 - York Centre

Chris Tonks
Ward 6 - York South-Weston

Robin Pilkey
Ward 7 - Parkdale-High Park

Shelley Laskin
Ward 8 - Eglinton-Lawrence and Toronto-St. Paul's

Stephanie Donaldson
Ward 9 - Davenport and Spadina-Fort York

Chris Moise
Ward 10 - University-Rosedale and Toronto Centre

Rachel Chernos Lin
Ward 11 - Don Valley West

Alexander Brown
Ward 12 - Willowdale

James Li
Ward 13 - Don Valley North

Trixie Doyle
Ward 14 - Don Valley East

Jennifer Story
Ward 15 - Toronto-Danforth

Michelle Aarts
Ward 16 - Beaches-East York

David Smith
Ward 17 - Scarborough Centre

Parthi Kandavel
Ward 18 - Scarborough Southwest

Zakir Patel
Ward 19 - Scarborough-Guildwood

Manna Wong
Ward 20 - Scarborough-Agincourt

Yalini Rajakulasingam
Ward 21 - Scarborough North

Anu Sriskandarajah
Ward 22 - Scarborough-Rouge Park

Amin Ali
Student Trustee

Ivy Deng

Student Trustee

Director of Education

John Malloy

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