Today, the Toronto District School Board falsely reported that, due to changes in provincial funding, that they would be facing a $67M shortfall for the next school year and that they would be forced to modify and reduce services in order to rectify that deficit. This is not true.
Our government is protecting what matters most by delivering an education system that puts student achievement at the centre of everything we do.
I am extremely proud of the changes we are making to education. Since day one, the Opposition and other third-parties have been fear-mongering and spreading misinformation while we are consistently making changes to bring student achievement back to the focus of all we do.
This year, the TDSB will receive nearly $3 billion and we have asked them to find efficiencies of $21M. We have full confidence that the Toronto District School Board will be able to work to identify administrative waste and find less than 1% of their budget in savings.
Any other savings that the TDSB needs to find as a result of local agreements or poor management from the TDSB is the responsibility of the TDSB – students should not have to suffer as a result of poor fiscal management.
From time and time again, we have seen wasteful spending by the TDSB, examples include billing taxpayers over $3000 for the simple installation of an outlet, and almost $2500 to install a whiteboard worth only $127. It is unacceptable that TDSB is putting taxpayers on the hook for their own mismanagement.
The majority of the difference in funding cited by the TDSB is a result of the Local Priorities Fund – this has not been cut. This is a matter for the next round of collective bargaining and will be continuing until negotiated. To portray this as a cut is simply inaccurate and misleading.
To assist school boards, we have also announced a Board Modernization Task Force. This initiative will help us determine how we can find efficiencies within school boards to ensure every dollar spent directly improves learning in the classroom.