Two days ago the provincial government announced an increase in annual funding for school repairs to $1.3-billion this year and $1.4-billion in 2016/17. This is a step in the right direction. But is it enough?
The TDSB expects to receive close to just $300 million of the provincial funding, which will raise the school board’s total budget for repairs up to $579 million.
Moreover, there is still a $15-billion repair backlog in Ontario schools. And groups like Fix Our Schools continue to work to improve school conditions across the province.
Newly appointed Education Minister Mitzie Hunter admits that there are a number of schools that will be getting much needed repairs that are long overdue.
“The money is urgently needed to help address school boards’ growing renewal and repair backlog," she says.
“Over the past two decades, Ontario has dug a $15-billion hole of disrepair in our publicly funded schools”, says Krista Wylie, a parent and co-founder of Fix Our Schools. “With the new funding commitment announced today for school repairs, we’ve stopped the digging - but a large hole remains. This Fall, children will still return to aging classrooms with leaking roofs ... so we stay committed to working with all MPPs and Ontario school boards to ensure we Fix Our Schools.”
Let your network know about the success we've achieved thus far by creating a large network of Ontario citizens! Encourage them to get involved in the Fix Our Schools campaign. While this announcement marks a success, there is much work left to do to ensure that all York Centre's schools are safe, well-maintained buildings that provide good learning environments for students and good working environments for teachers and staff.
And remember, on July 25th elect a trustee that will make sure infrastructural renewal is on the docket at the TDSB.