Board meets to consider cutting 230 positions
The Toronto public school board will tonight discuss cutting 230 education assistants in a bid to save $10 million.
Also on the chopping block are reading clinics, which serve about 250 students each year in Grades 2 to 6 — mostly in the old city of Toronto. One trustee calls the program a "miracle worker," but others say it doesn’t serve enough students to justify the cost.
With most of the board’s elementary classes at the provincially mandated 20 students or less, "what staff is saying is that with these much lower class sizes do we need EAs or could the money be spent on ESL teachers or child and youth workers?" said John Campbell, chair of the Toronto District School Board. The cuts would not affect assistants working in special education.
Members of the board’s aquatic staff are also bracing for layoffs. There are more than 100 swim instructors; trustees are looking at keeping a minimum of 79.