Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Mother of all aggregation posts

Here's what's been coming across the desk in the last month.
Governance / Curriculum
Happy reading. No Drummond here-- still saving that more a separate, in-depth post.

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Early February tab dump

One week generated a lot of education coverage in the ol' inbox.
  • The Sudbury Star letter on the public being shut out / stage-managed at a school-review meeting;
  • The Northern News on a school-closure tied to an enrolment threshold, with busing implications, with the board meeting coverage later in the week;
  • The Sault Star on a new French-language school's solar roof;
  • The Barrie Examiner on a new Catholic elementary school review kicking off in the north end of that city;
  • The Strathroy Age-Dispatch on post-closure boundary adjustments (or lack thereof);
  • The Sudbury Star on the Near North DSB's decision to freeze all school reviews (!!);
  • The Sudbury Star on the latest 'green' school construction;
  • The St. Catharines Standard on a community resigned to closure of its Catholic elementary school;
  • The Niagara Falls Review on the vote to close a Catholic elementary school; and,
  • The Standard again with coverage of the St. Catharines - Thorold high school review meeting, and a post-meeting proposal to shift lines on a map.
Enrolment / demographics
  • The Owen Sound Sun Times on a parent's concern too many public-school-supporter families' children are attending Catholic school;

  • The London Free Press on ad campaigns from coterminous boards in the region targeting different age groups; and,
  • The Toronto Star's moneyville on people making correlations between test scores and housing prices.
Governance / curricula
  • The Chatham This Week localizes the bus consortium RFP impact;
  • The Toronto Star's coverage of a teacher taking his former Catholic principal before the Ontario College of Teachers over the GSA issue;
  • The St. Catharines Standard on teachers and technology;
  • The North Bay Nugget on vending-machine revenue drops;
  • The Star's QP columnist (among others), takes on Dalton vs. the Catholic school system over the GSA issue;
  • The Brockville Recorder and Times with a editorial in support (which is rare, of late) of school-bus consortiums;
  • The Pembroke Observer's coverage of the Catholic board's strategic-plan review;
  • The Hamilton Spectator on a Hamilton-Wentworth DSB trustee's move to have a full external review of how the board does its thing; and,
  • The mayor in the Northern News piece mentioned above bristles at the critique from the board he enrols his own kids elsewhere.
The Moneyville piece had me thinking-- that's really not what the data was meant to support, but in a way it does reflect the continuing reality of what the data shows. Those who are better off in life do better in school. Those who are not don't do as well. But what preceded what? A noggin' scratcher of a chicken-and-egg that one is.
The Free Press piece also had me laughing, as this is the district I used to cover. The public board knows it loses kids to the Catholic system in Grade 9, whose schools are bigger, more modern, etc. etc. The Catholic board is being slammed by declining enrolment in elementary and trying to keep its smaller number of full-day kindergarten sites as attractive compared to the larger selection of public sites.
More on ARC stuff and the continuing GSA saga (and yes, that's what it's becoming) in other posts.