Schools in the Greater Toronto Area are more likely to have specialized staff, program options and outside student support than other schools in the province, according to data from a new report on inequality in Ontario’s publicly funded schools.
The Mind the Gap report by People for Education, a public education, research and advocacy organization, bases its findings on 1,122 schools surveyed across the province. Data collected and analyzed from the 2012-2013 school year focused on issues such as health and well-being, special education, the arts and poverty and inequality.
“When you compare across the province, for the most part, GTA schools mostly have more,” said Annie Kidder, executive director of People for Education.
This “more” includes specialized staff such as music teachers, librarians, physical education teachers and guidance counsellors and access to outside supports such as psychologists, Ms. Kidder said. This comparative advantage exists because GTA schools tend to…
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