Province’s education minister pushes for parental involvement

News Nov 19, 2009 Ancaster News

Formally mandated parental involvement committees would guarantee greater cooperation between school boards and parents in the decision-making process, Ontario’s education minister said.

Kathleen Wynne visited Ancaster High School Monday evening to speak about Bill 177, legislation that would make parental involvement committees mandatory at all of Ontario’s 72 school boards. The Hamilton- Wentworth District School Board already has its own committee.

“It will give us the feedback we need in a timely way that will allow us to make the kind of decisions we need going forward,” said Wynne, who is MPP for Don Valley West.

Wynne said the ministry encourages school councils to apply for Parent Reaching Out grants to finance local school initiatives. The Ancaster High School council was awarded a $970 grant to print and distribute a parent handbook with specific information for the community, Wynne said.

The HWDSB received $13,500 in PRO grants in 2008, while the Catholic board received $10,600 for local school projects.

Wynne said Bill 172 also includes an equity and inclusive education strategy. The legislation was first introduced in May 2009.

“We have to be open to embracing people from all backgrounds no matter where we are in the province,” said Wynne.

The provincial Liberals will also move forward with full-day learning for four and five-year-olds by September, 2010, said Wynne. The program will be unveiled at more than 700 schools in Ontario, with staff available from 7 a. m. to 6 p. m.

Province’s education minister pushes for parental involvement

News Nov 19, 2009 Ancaster News

Formally mandated parental involvement committees would guarantee greater cooperation between school boards and parents in the decision-making process, Ontario’s education minister said.

Kathleen Wynne visited Ancaster High School Monday evening to speak about Bill 177, legislation that would make parental involvement committees mandatory at all of Ontario’s 72 school boards. The Hamilton- Wentworth District School Board already has its own committee.

“It will give us the feedback we need in a timely way that will allow us to make the kind of decisions we need going forward,” said Wynne, who is MPP for Don Valley West.

Wynne said the ministry encourages school councils to apply for Parent Reaching Out grants to finance local school initiatives. The Ancaster High School council was awarded a $970 grant to print and distribute a parent handbook with specific information for the community, Wynne said.

The HWDSB received $13,500 in PRO grants in 2008, while the Catholic board received $10,600 for local school projects.

Wynne said Bill 172 also includes an equity and inclusive education strategy. The legislation was first introduced in May 2009.

“We have to be open to embracing people from all backgrounds no matter where we are in the province,” said Wynne.

The provincial Liberals will also move forward with full-day learning for four and five-year-olds by September, 2010, said Wynne. The program will be unveiled at more than 700 schools in Ontario, with staff available from 7 a. m. to 6 p. m.

Province’s education minister pushes for parental involvement

News Nov 19, 2009 Ancaster News

Formally mandated parental involvement committees would guarantee greater cooperation between school boards and parents in the decision-making process, Ontario’s education minister said.

Kathleen Wynne visited Ancaster High School Monday evening to speak about Bill 177, legislation that would make parental involvement committees mandatory at all of Ontario’s 72 school boards. The Hamilton- Wentworth District School Board already has its own committee.

“It will give us the feedback we need in a timely way that will allow us to make the kind of decisions we need going forward,” said Wynne, who is MPP for Don Valley West.

Wynne said the ministry encourages school councils to apply for Parent Reaching Out grants to finance local school initiatives. The Ancaster High School council was awarded a $970 grant to print and distribute a parent handbook with specific information for the community, Wynne said.

The HWDSB received $13,500 in PRO grants in 2008, while the Catholic board received $10,600 for local school projects.

Wynne said Bill 172 also includes an equity and inclusive education strategy. The legislation was first introduced in May 2009.

“We have to be open to embracing people from all backgrounds no matter where we are in the province,” said Wynne.

The provincial Liberals will also move forward with full-day learning for four and five-year-olds by September, 2010, said Wynne. The program will be unveiled at more than 700 schools in Ontario, with staff available from 7 a. m. to 6 p. m.