Here's what I've been clicking on these last few weeks:
- The Thorold News on a school-closure review involving the school there and a few more in St. Catharines;
- The Peterborough Examiner's continuing PCVS coverage on trustees voting not to delay closure, a response to the Kawartha Pine Ridge DSB's petition response and nabbing alum Serena Ryder to play the coming benefit, a call from former trustees for more "dialogue";
- Equal-opportunity PCVS coverage from Metroland Kawartha Region;
- The Goderich Signal-Star on a proposal from a school-closure review committee to keep rural schools open and bus town students to them;
- The Owen Sound Sun Times on plans in the Bluewater DSB for schools in Kincardine;
- The Sault Star on an Algoma DSB report in response to a school-closure review recommending closing one city high school;
- A Simcoe DSB / Simcoe-Muskoka Catholic DSB capital-plan update run in the Collingwood Entreprise-Bulletin; and,
- The Hamilton Spectator on the Hamilton-Wentworth DSB's move to sell property
- The Welland Tribune on how the Niagara Catholic DSB handled some after-semiformal dance destruction;
- The Ingersoll Times on a push for busing to a new school;
- The Hamilton Spectator on a trustee arguing a probe into her own conduct was unjustified;
- An Op-Ed from the Windsor Star on the role of principals;
- The Goderich Signal-Star with an Avon Maitland DSB chair preview of the year ahead;
- The Spec with a survey piece on working conditions for local trustees;
- Moira MacDonald previews what she believes will be the battle ahead with contract negotiations in The Toronto Sun;
- The Belleville Intelligencer with a look at the "stormy seas" ahead; and,
- The Sault Star on a lawsuit settlement between the Huron-Superior Catholic DSB and a former director of education.
- The St. Catharines Standard on the (mandated) school-climate surveys being undertaken by the DSBN;
- The Toronto Star on a pilot project for at-risk students;
- How a two-year B.Ed means more training on diversity, inclusivity from Xtra;
- The Owen Sound Sun Times on a review of the Bluewater DSB gifted program (the oft-neglected end of the special-education spectrum);
- A great little nugget of a feature on Sec. 23 schools from Metroland Kawartha Region; and,
- Two from the Welland Tribune with a 1/3-year checkin at the DSBN Academy.
A good smattering of items. I remain bemused by the campaign around PCVS, which with every ready seems more about saving a building than it is saving programs or students. The suggestion in Goderich to reverse the flow of students from urban to rural is interesting.
I really liked that Metroland Kawartha tackled the Sec. 23 schools. I've written about alternative schools before, but never Sec. 23 schools. Nor do I remember reading about them elsewhere.
While I do predict a battle ahead on teacher contracts, I don't see that happening in 2012 based on how long it's taken in previous rounds to settle contracts.