McGuinty Government Launches Public Consultations On The Safe Schools

Students, parents, educators and communities across the province are invited to provide their input on school safety and the Safe Schools Act through public consultations starting this month,
Education Minister Gerard Kennedy said today.
The McGuinty government’s Safe Schools Action Team will visit communities across Ontario to examine school safety and the impact of the Safe Schools Act as part of a complete review of the act. A discussion paper will be used as part of the consultations and be released on the ministry website prior to the first consultation date.

The consultations will take place in:

Ottawa, November 21 Toronto (East), December 1
London, November 23 Sudbury, December 5
Toronto (West), November 29 Thunder Bay, December 7

The Safe Schools Act was introduced in 2000 by the previous government. At that time, it was determined that a review of the act would take place after five years of implementation. The McGuinty government committed to the review of the safe schools act as part of an overall safe schools action plan. This includes the recently announced elementary school safe welcome program and security access devices, bullying prevention programs for every school in
the province, an anti-bullying hotline and a review of Justice Robins report.
More information on the consultations, registration and the discussion paper will be available on the government’s website at www.edu.gov.on.ca prior to the first consultation date.
Liz Sandals, Parliamentary Assistant to Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services Monte Kwinter, is leading the action team of safety experts who are implementing the Safe School Action plan.

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2 Replies to “McGuinty Government Launches Public Consultations On The Safe Schools”

  1. With the obsession of this Liberal Government to force students to stay in school to age 18, what concrete tools will be afforded to teachers and administrators to deal with students who bully?? It doesn’t take a lot of intelligence to forsee that this problem of bullying will continue to increase at an alarming rate with the students who are forced to stay in school. Typically the students who leave school early are the students who cause the greatest amount of problems.

    When is this government and the ‘leaders’ in academia going to consider putting better resources in place for good students and stop worrying about policy after policy for chronic problem students? The school system should not a social welfare system but increasingly this is the reality. Teachers are more social workers charged with the task of accomodating every problem student at the constant expense of a quality learning experience for good students.

  2. I agree the government needs to have in place a plan for the students that don’t want to be in school.  With parents wanting the students to quit and go to work  or the students just not being motivated to stay in school I’m seen the results.  The children who are gifted don’t get the education they deserve because of money problems in the school.  More money is being spent on babysitting the students who can’t or are not interested in learning to the determent of our countries.  Now in the U. S. A. we are taking away the drivers license of the students who quit school unless they have a 40 hour a week job. This does not seem to bother the kids in our communities.  They can also get a GED both of which almost guarentees minimal wage jobs  or no jobs most of their lives and more and more people living in poverty and off the government.

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