TORONTO – Funding for Ontario schools for the 2015-16 year will remain stable at $22.5 billion, but Education Minister Liz Sandals says more money is being spent per student due to declining enrolment.
Sandals says the Liberal government will continue to encourage Ontario’s 72 school boards to shift their focus from maintaining underused facilities to improving student programing and updating schools.
Sandals says 600 of the province’s almost 5,000 schools are operating at less than half capacity and many boards are spending education dollars to maintain empty space.
She says the ministry recognizes that in some areas – such as rural and northern Ontario – consolidation of schools isn’t possible, so there is money to help those boards deal with the costs of empty classrooms.
The government has also released new guidelines to help school boards review their schools, while working with municipalities and community organizations that could benefit from…
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