Toronto public schools could face budget cuts this fall

One TDSB trustee says the board could be forced to cut as much as $14 million out of the $3 billion budget

Officials sit at a meeting of the Toronto District School Board
Photo: CTV News

If you have kids in the Toronto public school system there may be funding cuts in the fall.

With some fanfare last month, the Toronto public school board passed a balanced budget with no cuts to programs or schools for the first time since it was created in 1998.

Now there is a new dose of reality as staff begin to unfurl the grants being provided to the board for the next school year.   

One trustee figures they'll have to re-open the budget and shave as much as $14 million out of the $3 billion dollar plan.

Others say it's premature to put a dollar number on it but there's no doubt the grants fall short of what the trustees anticipated.

School board elections are looming in October.

For its part, the Ministry of Education says the TDSB is getting $78.3 million more for next school year than they got this year.   

But it is also true that Queen's Park is reducing a special education grant by $7 million and low enrolment schools will get $10 million less.

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  1. lisa posted on 04/22/2014 10:11 AM
    As it actually costs less than $5,000 per year to educate a child in a school paid for by building developer fees, why is the public allowing boards to mis-spend $13K per student per year, to hire duplicative executives, take lots of extravagant trips, but let children attend run-down schools in need of proper repair?
    1. A Question for You posted on 04/22/2014 10:21 AM
      @lisa Interesting "statistic", Lisa.

      Is that the way it is on your planet, wherever that is?
  2. Ernie posted on 04/22/2014 10:38 AM
    $14 million is only one half of ONE percent of their total budget. If they cant find that in one hours woth of work they should all be replaced!
  3. don was right posted on 04/22/2014 11:38 AM
    Just withold 10 pct of teachers'-pay. Simple Let teh union fight with the Wynne Sandals government.
  4. Frankie posted on 04/22/2014 12:28 PM
    That's easy -

    1. Fire the useless teachers that are only there because of union protection
    2. Stop hiring back retired teachers that are keeping new teachers from working
    3. Stop the maintenance workers' abuse of taxpayers dollars (eg. $ 145 to install a pencil sharpener)
    4. Kick out the thieving Liberals who are using our tax dollars to bribe teachers to vote for them by continually giving them salary increases and benefits
    5. Eliminate the complete waste of all-day kindergarten
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