Doug Ford Wants Schools To Find Their Own Money to Hire Extra Staff. Experts Say That Puts Student Safety At Risk. - 2020-08-19
Doug Ford's plan to force Ontario school boards to use 2% of their savings to help hire extra staff could deepen inequalities across the province — making some students less safe based on where they live, advocates say.
Last week, Ontario Education Minister Stephen Lecce announced school boards are expected to use 2% of their reserves to help hire additional staff.
A leaked memo from Education Minister Stephen Lecce to Ontario school boards newly obtained by PressProgress shows boards without reserves may be "topped-up" to a maximum of $11 million. But the boards the ministry tops up won't qualify for any portion of the government's $30 million fund for staffing — to reduce class sizes in areas with higher rates of infection.