Friday, May 27, 2016

Trustee says drop in TDSB enrolment due in part to sex ed changes

Enrolment dropped by about 2,000 elementary students at the Toronto District School Board in the current school year in part because of the province's revised sexual health curriculum, says a public school board trustee.

"We don't know exactly why the drop has occurred," Gerri Gerson, TDSB trustee for Ward 13, Don Valley West, told Metro Morning on Thursday.

"Our projections are usually quite accurate and we do feel that there's some factor having to do with the sexual health curriculum."

She said the TDSB expects its projections to be off by about one per cent, or 1,700 students, every year, but there was a loss of 2,083 elementary students in the 2015-2016 school year. The province's revised health and physical education curriculum started in September 2015.

One school in particular, Thorncliffe Park Public School, which runs from grade 1 to 5, saw a drop of enrolment of about 90 students.  (more...)


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