Every dollar needs to count when it comes to our children’s education. I commit to ensuring education dollars are allocated appropriately, and to advocating for changes to the education funding formula to ensure accessible quality education for all students, including those with special needs.
Students have different paths, we should create programming that is reflective of those paths. Increasing pre-apprenticeship programs in high schools in the DDSB would allow students to learn skills that set up them up for successful careers after they graduate.
We all have a stake in ensuring our students have safe and inclusive schools. The DDSB needs to collaborate with staff, parents and professionals to implement proactive policies and strategies to reduce bullying and violence in schools. We cannot overlook that these incidents occur, however. We must provide support, through wellness and mental health resources, to students and staff who have witnessed these negative behaviours.
Many of our schools are largely underutilized, but when considering future use, we cannot ignore the impact schools have as a community hub outside of school hours. Closing schools has a negative impact on community morale, and robs students of equal access to public education. I will work hard to ensure those hubs stay open.
In Oshawa we need to see an increased access to DDSB Trustees, and true understanding of their role within the community. I commit to communicating regularly and promptly with parents, and advocating for students and families.
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