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Board losing millions in funding; Director of education says ‘change is upon us’

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Board losing millions in funding; Director of education says ‘change is upon us’
Director of Education Larry Hope for the Trillium Lakelands District School Board.

The widespread cuts to education by the PC government will mean millions of dollars will be lost to the Trillium Lakelands District School Board. However, Director of Education, Larry Hope, says a highly regarded construction program at LCVI can’t solely be blamed on the PC government.

Among other cuts, the board is facing:

  • a $423,000 shortfall for Early Childhood Educators (ECEs).
  • a $526,000 drop in board funding because of new classroom caps for Grades 4-8.
  • a $3.8 million shortfall as secondary class sizes balloon from 22 to 28 students as a cap

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Unions call on education director to counter Ford government’s ‘false narrative’

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Over 100,000 students walked out of more than 700 Ontario schools to protest the PC government’s cuts to education. Photo: Roderick Benns.

The heads of the elementary and secondary schools’ teachers’ unions are calling on Director of Education, Larry Hope, to set the record straight – that teachers did not coerce students to walk out on April 4.

Just a few days ago more than 100,000 students walked out of more than 700 Ontario schools to protest the PC government’s agenda, including changes to the health curriculum, deep cuts to OSAP, and the recently proposed changes to class sizes and e-learning. These were student organized and student-led protests.

But on the evening of April 4, Minister of Education Lisa Thompson, on the official ministry website, dismissed the activism of the student organizers “and attempted to spin a false narrative about the role of teachers and teachers’ unions,” according to the open letter from the union reps.

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Local EQAO results: Grade 3 math, reading, writing improves; Grade 6 math drops again

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Local EQAO results: Grade 3 math, reading, writing improves; Grade 6 math drops again
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Trillium Lakelands District School Board is seeing advancement in Grade 3 reading, writing, and math, while still being challenged by Grade 6 math scores, according to just-released numbers.

The Education Quality and Assessment Office (EQAO) shows improvements in Grade 3 reading, writing, and math in comparison to 2016 data. Results across Grade 6 show progress in reading and writing, with an ongoing decline in Grade 6 math performance, as first reported by The Lindsay Advocate last month.

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Hope says Lindsay residents will ‘rise up and contribute’ with basic income

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Hope says Lindsay residents will ‘rise up and contribute’ with basic income

The leader of Trillium Lakelands District School Board has positioned himself squarely in favour of Lindsay’s basic income pilot, saying there are “so many possibilities” for it to do community good.

Director of Education Larry Hope says his “personal belief is that we have to look at the big picture for our citizens and for society,” he says, referencing the basic income pilot that begins this fall in Lindsay.

“If we can step back and take a look at this, we cannot deny that this will be good for our community,” Hope tells The Lindsay Advocate.

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Teaching math: ‘We have lost sight of the need for balance,’ says director of education

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The director of education for Trillium Lakelands District School Board, Larry Hope, is calling for more balance in the curriculum with the return of traditional math teaching.

Results from Ontario’s Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO) released this week show that for the second year running only half of Grade 6 students are meeting the provincial math standard.

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School board would like more students to stay in Kawartha Lakes after graduation

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School board would like more students to stay in Kawartha Lakes after graduation

Larry Hope hears the increasing cry from employers in Kawartha Lakes who say they need more skilled people for the positions they have to fill, whether in agriculture, trades, or other areas of the local economy.

As director of education for Trillium Lakelands District School Board, Hope says he’d love to play a bigger role in delivering young people with these sought-after skills to local employers. Trillium Lakelands has a close relationship with Sir Sandford Fleming College’s Frost Campus in Lindsay and Fleming instructors can often be found in the board’s schools, particularly with students in skilled trades and co-op programs.

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