Monthly Archives: July 2016

What should new school buildings look like?

299_232648Amelia Earhart and Gompers Elementary Middle Schools were both built in recent years as part of the Detroit Public Schools Construction and Modernization Program. Each earned the Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) Silver level award; incorporates the latest technology; and benefits from thoughtful design that takes into account:

• separate areas for JK-Grade5 and the Grades 6-8

• many well-placed windows allowing plenty of natural light

• colourful, exciting structural elements

• integrated Smart Boards 

• excellent lighting

299_476071Ontario needs to invest in the best education for our children, which includes quality school buildings designed to maximize learning and achievement. Let’s start imagining what our publicly funded schools ought to look like.

Now is the time to join us to Fix Our Schools

The Fix Our Schools campaign is led by a small group of passionate parents and students with a clear vision that all children attending Ontario’s publicly funded schools have the right to be educated in safe, well-maintained buildings that provide environments conducive to learning. We want Ontario’s children to be global citizens who can compete for jobs and educational spots world-wide. We know that school conditions matter because they impact students’ learning environments and teachers’ working environments. 

Over the last two years, we’ve created a large network of engaged citizens who have been demanding that the provincial government begin funding schools as critical infrastructure. … and the provincial government is starting to hear us.   

We are pleased that the provincial government is going to increase funding to school boards for school repairs. Every school board in our province has an unfathomably large repair backlog and new funding was desperately needed. However, this new funding is not going to immediately address the $15-billion backlog that has been allowed to accumulate in Ontario’s schools. Which is why Fix Our Schools remains committed to working with all MPPs and School Boards to ensure that:

  • The new level of investment of $1.4-billion/year starts to decrease the $15-billion repair backlog that currently exists in Ontario’s publicly funded schools.
  • The issue of disrepair in Ontario’s schools is a major election issue in the next provincial election in 2018; and continues to be an important focus of our provincial government.

So now is the time to help grow this campaign! You can help do that by sharing Fix Our Schools with your network and encouraging them to join us and/or engage with Fix Our Schools on Facebook or Twitter