Francophone Achievement Shows Students Getting The Support They Need
OTTAWA, March 30 /CNW/ - The McGuinty government is boosting its
investment in Ontario's French-language schools to support continued
improvement for the province's French-language students, Minister Responsible
for Francophone Affairs Madeleine Meilleur announced today.
"We're proud of our track record to make Ontario's French-language
schools great places to learn," said Meilleur. "Our government has recognized
the unique challenges these boards face in helping our francophone students
This year, the province will invest an additional $73 million in
Ontario's French-language schools. Since this government came to office, per
pupil funding for French-language school boards has grown by 42 per cent - or
$317 million - reaching $1.089 billion for the 2007-08 school year.
This year's funding boost for French-language school boards will help
ensure the quality of French-language education and combat the assimilation of
French-speaking students. The investment includes $10 million for additional
targeted supports to provide a wider range of programs and courses,
particularly in French-language secondary schools.
"Our government's investment in education is paying off for our
students," said Education Minister Kathleen Wynne. "During the last four
years, we've seen a significant improvement in student outcomes, and we want
to go even further still."
Francophone student enrolment is on the rise for a second consecutive
school year, despite declining enrolment provincially, assimilation and a low
proportion of francophone immigration.
Success by French-language students includes:
- An increase in provincial test scores of between five and 15
- A rise of five per cent in graduation rates to 81 per cent - just
four points short of the 2010 provincial target - over the past two
- Grade 6 French-language students reaching the 75 per cent target in
math two years early
- Grade 6 French-language girls reaching the target in all subject
"We will continue working with our education partners to help our
francophone students reach their potential," added Meilleur.
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ONTARIO'S INVESTMENTS IN FRENCH-LANGUAGE EDUCATION
This year, the province will invest an additional $73 million in Ontario's
French-language school boards.
This year's funding boost will help ensure the quality of French-language
education and combat the assimilation of French-speaking students. The
investment includes $10 million for additional targeted supports to provide a
wider range of programs and courses, particularly in French-language secondary
The investments are part of the McGuinty government's overall strategy to
provide francophone students with the support they need to succeed:
- Launching the Politique d'aménagement linguistique which aims to
improve retention in French-language schools, enhancing students'
oral communication skills and building capacity among school staff
working in a linguistic minority setting.
- Creating the Elementary and Secondary French-language Education Task
Force, chaired by Education Minister Kathleen Wynne, to help ensure
that francophones play a greater role in the overall development of a
high quality education system in Ontario. In fact, some of this
year's targeted investments in the Grants for Student Needs stem from
advice from the task force.
- Providing $70 million in cumulative enhancements in the Language
Grant for French-language boards, a significant portion of which has
been allocated to increase unique course offerings in French-language
secondary schools. This initiative is helping to promote French
language and culture, improve student achievement and self-esteem and
help keep students in French-language schools.
- Introducing an innovative multi-year $220 million capital investment
strategy that will help improve access for children of rights holders
to French-language education, the the single biggest investment in
the history of the French-language community in Ontario.
- Delivering on our commitment to create an independent TfO network
that will meet the specific cultural and educational needs of the
Francophone community. In addition to a $15.4 million start up
investment, the newly independent TfO will have an annual operating
budget of $21 million, $15 million of which will be provided by the
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For further information:
For further information: Michelle Despault, Minister's Office, Ministry
of Education, (416) 212-3747; Patricia MacNeil, Communications Branch,
Ministry of Education, (416) 325-2676; Marc Despatie, Senior Strategic
Communications Advisor, Office of the Minister Responsible for Francophone
Affairs, (416) 433-8584; Charles Jean Sucsan, Senior Manager, Strategic
Communications, Office of Francophone Affairs, (416) 325-4968; Ministry of
Education Public Inquiries: (416) 325-2929 or 1-800-387-5514, TTY: