Thursday, May 7, 2009

Title over substance

Earlier today, Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty and Education Minister Kathleen Wynne released a lot of feel-goody news on the government's plan in response to the report from the Governance Review Committee struck last fall. The GRC's report was released in April (sorry, can't admit to having read it myself yet). From the premier's release:
The proposed Student Achievement and School Board Governance Act would clarify what is expected from school boards, trustees, board chairs and directors of education. It would also promote sound financial management by establishing audit committees and creating a provincial code of conduct for trustees.
Here's the fun part-- there are links from this news release to a backgrounder on the Ministry of Education website for our edification. However, as of posting, I cannot actually find a draft or first-reading copy of the "Student Achievement and School Board Governance Act" referred to in both. Either it hasn't been tabled in the legislature yet or the leg website hasn't been updated yet to reflect any bills introduced today.
I later learned the bill had not yet been introduced in the legislature when this post was first written-- find a link to it here.
You can blow sunshine up my patootie all you want, but until the actual bill is tabled and publicly available, I don't know what any of it means. Is this going to be another omnibus bill revising the Ontario Education Act? Is it going to be legislation full of references to "the Lieutenant Governor in council," meaning a shift of power to implement rules moving from the legislature to cabinet?
Well, we don't know yet. Stay tuned.


Anonymous said...

How much of today's education annoucement was planned Ed. Reporter?
I'm betting it wasn't planned at all but a last minute filler to detract from Ms. Wynne's "other" problems today.

That would explain nothing on the website because there likely is nothing ready go put there...just the shell....the rest to be filled in later.

Big question is...will the education media bite? Or will they see this for what it is?

And, it's not about kids.

Education Reporter said...

See amended post.

Anonymous said...

I looked at the endorsements by the so-called partners in this and they include all the usual suspects.

The proof in the pudding will be in the eating. The same thing was supposed to happen around school councils and they've become nothing more than fundraising machines.