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Cold Winter Blamed for Kindergarten Construction Delays

Education Minister says winter was "really, really, really" cold

Ontario Education Minister Liz Sandals says full-day kindergarten is now available across the province, though some classrooms are not yet ready.

Sandals says the ``really, really, really'' cold winter is to blame for delaying construction at some schools by about a month.

There are 11 schools in the Toronto District School Board that were not ready for students on the first day of class, but 10 of the 11 classrooms are expected to be complete by the end of September.

Sandals says with full-day kindergarten now completely rolled out, there are 265,000 kids enrolled this fall in the program for four-
and five-year-olds at 3,600 schools.

Sandals says it's clear full-day kindergarten is helping students do better, even though there's no firm evidence yet to support that conclusion.

The education minister says critics of full-day kindergarten should wait until the province gathers evidence on the first students to go through the program before declaring it is not a
success.

Sandals says class size for full-day kindergarten is an important issue, but wouldn't say if she would put a cap on the number of children in a class.

The education minister also expressed optimism that the government will be able to eventually reach agreements with teacher's unions and expects a "calm" school year not a strike.

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  1. Murray_2008 posted on 09/02/2014 12:54 PM
    Imagine that, a cold winter in Toronto. Couldn't possibly be incompetence on the part of the Ministry and/or school boards right?

    I do agree with the minister that there won't be a strike, she will make sure they get exactly what they want so not to worry.
  2. Angry Bill posted on 09/02/2014 01:54 PM
    I expect they'll need to get creative with the evidence to support the conclusion they want, which is that all day babysitting is effective. Um... nap times are up 15%? Finger painting production is up another 10%? That extra billion dollars a year is well spent.

    I've been against the all day babysitting since it was first announced. That billion dollars extra per year would have far more impact if it was applied at the college or university level, rather than at the babysitting level. The only benefit it has is young parents get a break on hiring a babysitter for a year. Worth a billion dollars of our money each year? Hah.
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