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Area school boards to receive increase in funding

By Randy Thoms Apr 29, 2024 | 6:46 PM

School boards in northwestern Ontario are learning how much money they will receive from the provincial government for the next school year.

Allocations totalling $29 billion are being issued provincewide.

The province says this includes:

  • $34 million to support the hiring of 300 school math facilitators,
  • $13.5 million to fund school board math leads with a singular mandate to improve math skills,
  • $68.68 million for education staff to provide reading supports, including the hiring of over 600 more specialized educators,
  • $12.5 million for reading intervention support licences and $12.5 million for reading screening tools,
  • $10 million in new funding for school security infrastructure, including vape detectors,
  • $2.9 billion as part of the School Facilities Fund for operating, maintaining, renovating, and renewing school buildings

There is also an additional $80 million for student transportation.

Special Education funding increases to $3.5 billion, which includes $11.5 million for school boards to hire more staff to reduce wait times for speech and language supports.

“We are also delivering a more transparent funding model while continuing to increase investment in publicly funded schools to the highest levels ever recorded so that all students can graduate into good-paying careers,” says Stephen Lecce, Education Minister, in a statement.

School boards in northwestern Ontario are seeing a bit of an increase.

The funding allocations are based on projected student enrollments for the coming year.