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Special Needs Education in Ontario Might Face Funding Cuts

30 MAR 2015
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The special needs classes of the Toronto District School Board and the Toronto Catholic District School Board will be among some of the hardest hit in Ontario once new austerity measures come into effect for the 2015-2016 school year. Children who arguably need the funding of the education system the most, will pay the price for Ontario’s $42-million deficit. The Toronto School Board already has cut 30 special needs education workers. Meanwhile, parents argue that gifted programs across the district have been left virtually untouched.

Ontario education minister Liz Sandals has stated that special needs students in Ontario will likely receive $2.72 billion for the upcoming school year. School repairs will be getting $112 million and $22.5 billion will be spent on education in Ontario altogether.

This upcoming Thursday, the Toronto Catholic School Board will vote on the cuts to special needs programs.

Are these cuts unfair to special needs programs? What can help these programs thrive despite budget cuts?

Source: The Star