Tuesday, December 1, 2015

TDSB enrolment — and funding — drop partly blamed on sex-ed curriculum

Enrolment in Toronto’s public elementary schools is down this year by almost 2,600 students — a larger drop than expected that is in part blamed on the ongoing protests over the province’s new sex-ed curriculum.

Trustee Jerry Chadwick, who has been chair of the budget committee for the past four years, said the board is now looking at how big an impact the new health curriculum has had on the numbers.

As of November, the board counted 169,419 elementary students, lower than the projected 172,004.

“We’ve been told that (enrolment) is bouncing back to a certain extent, but there are still a lot of kids unaccounted for,” he said. Opposition to the sex-ed curriculum “was one of the factors, and the board is trying to find out the other factors.”  (more...)

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