Ontario Supporting Students and Schools and Protecting Front-Line Teaching Staff
Province Modernizing Education Funding for the 2019-20 School Year
TORONTO - Ontario's government is protecting what matters most through a modernized approach to education reform which will better utilize technology, give students the skills they need to succeed, protect front-line teachers and ensure every dollar spent benefits students.
"We are putting student achievement at the centre of everything we do to make sure students leave school with the tools they need to be successful both inside and outside the classroom," said Lisa Thompson, Minister of Education. "We continue to invest more money into our education system every single year and we will ensure every dollar helps deliver the results parents and students expect."
Investments in Ontario's publicly funded education system through the Grants for Student Needs (GSN) education funding to school boards will be $24.66 billion in 2019-20, while per-pupil funding is projected to be $12,246. A new Attrition Protection Allocation will be included in the province's education funding model for up to four years, providing a top-up for school boards where the change in funded classroom teachers exceeds actual attrition and other voluntary leaves. This attrition protection funding will help protect front-line teaching staff and prevent the risk of layoffs due to class size changes or e-learning.
In addition, the government has established a new $330 million Priorities and Partnerships Fund (PPF) that will support the ministry's vision with time-limited investments. This funding will focus on high-impact initiatives that directly support students in the classroom. The Ministry of Education gathered feedback through numerous consultations as a starting point to education funding reform. Feedback received through the GSN engagement informed education funding for the 2019-20 school year.
"With attrition protection funding support in place, school boards should have sufficient funding to avoid laying off teachers who may be impacted by our proposed changes," added Thompson. "Our government is taking a responsible approach to balancing the budget that restores confidence in Ontario's finances, while protecting what matters most, our world-class health care and education systems."