TORONTO, March 27, 2013 /CNW/ - The Ontario Public School Boards'
Association (OPSBA) welcomes the provincial government's early release
today of the 2013-14 Grants for Student Needs (GSN). OPSBA has taken
every available opportunity over the last year to bring education
funding issues before the Ministers of Education and Finance and their
The Association's contributions to the GSN process included a brief
presented prior to the release of this year's GSN. The brief reflected
the advice of school trustees, educators and school business officials
on pressing funding concerns.
OPSBA is pleased to see a strong response to identified issues in
today's announcement, including an acknowledgement of the cost
pressures in student transportation, school operations, capital, and
"We recognize the extraordinary economic conditions that exist today
around the world and the impact this is having on government revenues,"
said OPSBA President Michael Barrett. "Within these constraints,
today's funding reinforces a strong school environment and the growth
of student success."
School boards are responsible for the delivery of educational programs
and services that promote student achievement and well-being. Today's
GSN announcement allows school boards the opportunity to adjust budget
plans, acknowledge school staffing timelines and be fully consultative
with their communities.
This year's GSNs included a new government imposed strategy that
involves both administrative and funding changes related to a 34-credit
cap. OPSBA will work with the government to ensure that all possible
student exemptions are identified to maximize the opportunities for
secondary students to complete their education.
"In times of constraint it is important to remind ourselves that every
dollar invested in the education of our children is an investment not
only in our economic development as a province but in our social
standing as a civil and caring society," said President Barrett.
OPSBA is committed to working with the Ontario government and our
provincial education partners to resolve issues and set directions
based on a common purpose of offering the students of Ontario full
opportunity to reach their rich potential.
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SOURCE: Ontario Public School Boards' Association
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