Sunday, July 10, 2011

Roundup of browser tabs

I've been a delinquent blogger. This has happened before and no doubt will happen again. Life has gotten busy since I was selected president of the Canadian Association of Journalists, packing those volunteer tasks onto what is already usually a pretty busy schedule. Enough of that whining however. Here's the browser tabs that I've opened over the last two weeks, meaning to post but never quite getting to the point where I hit the 'new post' button and do it.
  • The Peterborough Examiner on the vote to close Thomas A. Stewart Secondary School (TASSS), the outcome of a school-closure review that included the historic and very popular (if not necessarily as well attended or modern) Peterborough Collegiate and Vocational School.
  • Two items from the Owen Sound Sun Times as the Bluewater DSB struggled with finalizing its 2011-12 budget. The first was as the budget was in progress, the second on the decision to delay meeting with Minister Leona Dombrowsky as the budget was passed.
  • Owen Sound again with a petition by students to keep a teacher given a layoff notice. Not sure if there was a followup article on this piece, but I doubt the layoff situation changed given collective agreements.
  • Cornwall Standard-Freeholder on a new national panel that will 'identify gaps' in First Nations education. Finding them shouldn't be that difficult, should it?
  • Peterborough again on an apparently nasty meeting between parents opposed to WiFi in elementary schools and the school board which proposes to use the technology. This article spawned some national coverage in the Sun chain.
  • An interesting take from the Dunnville Chronicle on who really 'wins' or 'loses' after a school-closure decision by the Grand Erie DSB.
  • St. Catherines Standard, doing what good local media does well-- hitting what was a high-profile debate earlier this year and getting an update on the DSBN Academy well before the out-of-town media remember that the school will open its doors in September.
Of course, with one exception I missed a lot of budget coverage-- which isn't to suggest there was a plethora since there wasn't. Most school boards that I'm aware of did not struggle with their 2011-12 budgets, even with continued declining enrolment. As mentioned previously and below, it's pretty clear that outside of provincial priorities like full-day kindergarten and sticking to the commitments in the big-budget fourth year of collective agreements, very little money is left for anything else.


Boneyard said...

In regards to the Peterborough article, it is true that Thomas A Stewart Secondary School (TASSS) is a more modern building than Peterborough Collegiate and Vocational School (PCVS), it is not better attended. TASSS is a giant school and its enrollment has been plummetting for years, so much so that half the school's space has been given over to school board offices. PCVS has maintained its enrollment with only a slight decrease in recent years. What is also interesting to note is that the students and parents of PCVS mounted an extensive campagin to to keep the school open while the other two schools did very little. Squeaky wheel? perhaps

Education Reporter said...

Don't dispute anything you've mentioned (I did live in Ptbo for eight months in 2001-02) as your knowledge of the lay of the land seems more recent than mine.

Also to note is PCVS' specialty arts programs, which attract a fair number of students from outside the attendance area and no doubt helped its enrolment trends.