TORONTO, Feb. 11, 2014 /CNW/ - Peel District School Board trustees are
taking the #FixtheFormula message "on the road" with presentations at
regional School Council meetings, municipalities and community leaders,
and asking for their help to get the province to fix the formula for
special education. The Peel board is funded the lowest of all 72 boards
in the province per pupil for the Special Education High Needs Amount
Says Janet McDougald, chair of the board, "Of course, we understand that
someone has to be at the top of the chart, and someone on the
bottom—funding amounts per capita are never the same. However, the
funding formula should be fair. Currently, it is not. Our surrounding
boards all receive considerably more per student: $375 in the
Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board, $522 in the Toronto
District School Board and $601 in the Halton District School Board. The
Peel board receives $339 per student. I recognize that boards' needs
vary, but it's the size of the funding variations that's unacceptable
to me as a parent, as a taxpayer and as a trustee."
Continues McDougald, "Trustees have been meeting with local members of
provincial parliament and asking them, as our partners, to advocate for
Peel students at the provincial level—to fix the formula and fund Peel
students fairly. We want them to make their voices heard and keep this
issue front and centre so that the government can begin to phase in the
changes and new funding can start with the grants for next school year.
"It is our understanding that the Minister of Education is considering a
change to the HNA funding as recommended by the provincial working
group. This is great news and I am optimistic that she will do the
right thing. At the same time, we also recognize the many competing
issues vying for attention at the provincial level. I want to make sure
that #FixtheFormula is on the agenda. That's why we are asking our
School Councils, municipalities and community partners to add their
voices and make sure this critical issue stays on the agenda."
Meetings of chairs and council members will take place:
Feb. 12, 2014, 7 p.m.
Mississauga Secondary School
550 Courtneypark Dr. W., Mississauga
Feb. 13, 2014, 7 p.m.
Judith Nyman Secondary School
1305 Williams Pkwy, Brampton
Feb. 18, 2014, 7 p.m.
SouthFields Village Public School
110 Learmont Ave., Caledon
The trustees and chair of the board are also delegating local
municipalities, talking to faith leaders, community leaders and those
representing special education organizations to ask for their help.
Adds McDougald, "This is a community issue—one of underfunding, not
overspending, but at least $14 million, and it will take the voices of
the community to help #fixtheformula."
Those interested in finding out more can visit www.peelschools.org/fixtheformula.
SOURCE: Peel District School Board
For further information:
Janet McDougald, Chair, Peel District School Board,
Brian Woodland, Director of Communications and Community Relations Support Services,
firstname.lastname@example.org, 905-890-1010 ext. 2812