OSSTF/FEESO - Ontario Secondary School Teachers' Federation

OSSTF/FEESO - Ontario Secondary School Teachers' Federation

June 05, 2009 11:27 ET

OSSTF Repeats its Call for Removal of the School Information Finder Website

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - June 5, 2009) - The Ontario Secondary School Teachers' Federation has repeated its call for Premier Dalton McGuinty and Education Minister Kathleen Wynne to remove the current School Information Finder website.

The School Information Finder website encourages the comparison of schools by social demographics such as the percentage of students coming from low-income homes and the number of students whose first language is not English. The data in question is much-needed information that the Ministry of Education gathers in order to best support the diverse needs of its schools. However, providing this school-by-school information on the website in its present form changes the purpose of this information entirely.

OSSTF believes that all schools, regardless of their size, geography, or composition, provide the same excellent level of service to its students. By publicly differentiating schools by their demographic nature, the Ministry leads people to believe that schools are something to be quantified, compared, ranked and selected.

In April 2009, the Ministry of Education launched its new Equity and Inclusive Education Strategy, which stresses the need for an equitable and inclusive school climate. OSSTF strongly supports this initiative but cannot understand how the Ministry can continue to operate the School Information Finder website when it so clearly violates the spirit of such a strategy.

OSSTF is not alone in its condemnation of the School Information Finder website. It is joined by the voices of almost every parent and educational organization and association in the province. The collective cry against this website, which is clearly repugnant to the tenets of public education, remains strong and is growing.

OSSTF again states its unequivocal opposition to the Ministry of Education's School Information Finder website and recommends its immediate removal until meaningful and inclusive consultation with stakeholders can take place.

OSSTF/FEESO, founded in 1919, has 60,000 members across Ontario. They include public high school teachers, occasional teachers, educational assistants, continuing education teachers and instructors, psychologists, secretaries, speech-language pathologists, social workers, plant support personnel, attendance counsellors, and many others in education.

Contact Information

  • Ontario Secondary School Teachers' Federation
    Ken Coran
    President
    (416) 751-8300 or 1-800-267-7867