Helping More Students Succeed



    McGuinty Government Launches Equity and Inclusive Education Strategy

    TORONTO, April 6 /CNW/ -

    NEWS

    Ontario is helping more students reach their full potential.
    A new Equity and Inclusive Education Strategy
(<a href="http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/policyfunding/equity.html">http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/policyfunding/equity.html</a>) launched today, will
help improve and close the gap in student achievement.
    By promoting inclusive education, the strategy will help schools better
address barriers related to sexism, racism, homophobia and other forms of
discrimination, which may have an impact on student achievement. It will:

    
    -   Build equity and inclusive education principles into the curriculum.
    -   Guide boards in the development, implementation and monitoring of
        equity and inclusive education policies, with a focus on addressing
        gaps in student achievement.
    -   Help boards to actively engage students, staff, parents and their
        broader communities in updating or establishing equity and inclusive
        education policies.
    

    The strategy recognizes Ontario's growing diversity as a strength; and it
will continue to advance Ontario's three core priorities of improving student
achievement, reducing achievement gaps and increasing public confidence in our
education system.

    QUOTES

    "All students must be able to learn and grow in schools free of
discrimination and bullying. This strategy will help us close the gap in
student achievement by removing barriers to success."
    - Kathleen Wynne, Minister of Education

    "We believe that Ontario's diversity is one of its greatest assets.
Education is central to creating a cohesive society and a strong economy that
will secure Ontario's future prosperity."
    - Jean Augustine, Ontario's Fairness Commissioner

    
    QUICK FACTS

    -   There are more than 200 languages reported by Ontarians as their
        'mother tongue'
    -   The visible minority population in Ontario grew
(<a href="http://www12.statcan.ca/english/census06/data/trends/Table_1.cfm?T=PR&PRCODE=01&GEOCODE=01&GEOLVL=PR">www12.statcan.ca/english/census06/data/trends/Table_1.cfm?T=PR&PRCODE=01&GEOCOD
E=01&GEOLVL=PR</a>)
        from 15.8 per cent in 1996 to 22.8 per cent in 2006.

    LEARN MORE

    -   Read Ontario's new Equity and Inclusive Education Strategy
        (<a href="http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/policyfunding/equity.html">http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/policyfunding/equity.html</a>).

    -   Find out what the government is doing to make schools safer
        (<a href="http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/parents/safeschools.html">http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/parents/safeschools.html</a>) for all
        students.

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For further information:

For further information: Michelle Despault, Minister's Office, (416)
212-3747; Patricia MacNeil, Communications Branch, (416) 325-2676; Public
Inquiries, (416) 325-2929 or 1-800-387-5514, TTY 1-800-263-2892

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