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ERIC Number: ED432798
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Mar-19
Pages: 28
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Centralization for Equity: A Fair Price?
Malkiewich, Chris; McEwen, John
This paper analyzes educational finance reforms initiated in Ontario. It outlines the changes in governance, funding, and curriculum and states that reforms were implemented without proper support and forethought, resulting in chaos. The report details how the rise of a conservative government in the province led to a desire to reduce taxation and to overhaul education as a whole. The article outlines prior consultations on reform initiatives and discusses the new funding model proposed by the legislature that wrested control of taxation away from the school boards and allowed the assignation of funds without further approval of the legislature. It describes the formulas used in the new funding model and how these formulas are seen as inferior to prior models. The paper summarizes some of the court challenges to the new law, the chaos introduced by the constant changes to the law's implementation, and the problems raised by the new law, such as severe reductions in operating funds and new school construction. Changes to collective-bargaining procedures, teachers' pension plan, transportation, curriculum and funding, and special education are also discussed. The report closes with a description of the effects of the new model on teaching and per-pupil costs. (RJM)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Canada