Funding cuts eliminate 95 part-time jobs at TCDSB
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The Canadian Press
Published Tuesday, December 18, 2018 9:10PM EST
Last Updated Tuesday, December 18, 2018 11:12PM EST
TORONTO -- The Toronto Catholic District School Board says the province's decision to cut programs aimed at providing students with extra skills and support will result in the immediate loss of 95 part-time jobs.
In a briefing note sent this week to trustees, the school board says the jobs losses will affected about 35 part-time student tutors and 60 working in youth after-hour programs.
On Friday, the Ontario government issued a memo to school boards announcing it is slashing $25 million in funding for specialized programs in elementary and secondary schools.
A spokeswoman for Education Minister Lisa Thompson said the programs account for less than one per cent of school board funding, but has had "long track record of wasteful spending."
Maria Rizzo, chair of the Toronto Catholic District School Board, said after the cuts became public that she was "blindsided" by the move and worried how special needs students in her board would be affected.
Meanwhile, the briefing note also highlights that $30,000 allocated for a program called Indigenous Student Learning and Leadership, which provides leadership development opportunities to Indigenous students from Grade 7-12, has been cut.
"Some temporary staffing reductions are required effective immediately," says the note, adding most of those losing their jobs are part-time tutors who are university or college students.
The Progressive Conservative government has made significant changes to the province's education system since taking power, such as promising to develop a new sex-ed curriculum, requiring new teachers to pass a math proficiency test before teaching the subject and the cancellation of Indigenous curriculum writing sessions.