Secret document shows Ford government changed its mind before making online course mandatory for high schoolers - 2020-01-13

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F94.png Secret document shows Ford government changed its mind before making online course mandatory for high schoolers January 13, 2020, Rob Ferguson, Toronto Star

A "confidential" government document obtained by the Star shows Premier Doug Ford's government considered keeping online learning optional until 2024 and planned to slash school board funding while creating courses to sell to other jurisdictions at a profit.

The "implementation plan for Ontario's transformed online learning system" comes to light amid high-stakes contract talks between the province and teacher unions fighting Education Minister Stephen Lecce's plan for compulsory e-learning starting in Grade 9 next fall.

Marked "not for distribution," the six-page document also envisioned allowing students to get high school diplomas "entirely online" starting in September 2024, a prospect Ontario Secondary School Teachers' Federation president Harvey Bischof called "weird."

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