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  • 1. Social Planning Toronto, May 6, 2013Social Planning Toronto, May 6, 2013Concerns about theConcerns about theUses of the Learning Opportunities GrantUses of the Learning Opportunities GrantDemographic AllocationDemographic AllocationTDSB Budget 2013-2014
  • 2. What is the Learning Opportunities Grant?The Learning Opportunities Grant is a collectionof eight grants from the Ontario Ministry ofEducation to School Boards:– The Demographic Allocation (the big portion)– Seven smaller program-specific grants(from MoE - Technical Paper, 2013-2014)
  • 3. What is the Demographic Allocation?“The largest portion of LOG funding – $346.4million – is flowed through the DemographicAllocation, which provides funding based onsocial and economic indicators that areassociated with a higher risk of academicdifficulties.”(quoted from MoE - Technical Paper, 2013-2014)
  • 4. The Learning Opportunities Grant for 2013-2014
  • 5. What are these social and economic indicators?• Low Income 50%• Recent Immigration (2001 - 2006) 25%• Low Parental Education (no HS diploma) 12.5%• Lone Parent Status 12.5%Derived from 2006 Census data(from MoE - Technical Paper, 2013-2014)
  • 6. What is LOG Demographic Allocation for?“The Demographic Allocation supports boardsin offering a wide range of programs toimprove the educational achievement of thesestudents.Examples of programs include breakfastprograms, homework clubs, reading recovery,and resource withdrawal.Boards have considerable latitude indetermining the kinds of programs andsupports that they provide with this funding.”(quoted from MoE - Technical Paper, 2013-2014)
  • 7. Ontario’s Poverty Reduction Strategy“The Learning Opportunities Grant is usedby school boards for a variety ofprograms, such as remedial reading,breakfast and lunch programs, tutors,mentoring, adapted curriculum, summerschool, literacy and numeracy programsand homework clubs, to give that extrahelp that students sometimes need toachieve their potential.”(quoted from Breaking the Cycle, 2009, page 12)
  • 8. • TDSB has chosen to (spend) more on principals, vice-principals, educational assistants, libraries, guidance, specialeducation, textbooks, etc. (than) the (amount) provided by thefunding formula• TDSB uses money from other areas, such as English as aSecond Language (ESL) or Learning Opportunities (LOI), tofund these areashttp://www.tdsb.on.ca/wwwdocuments/about_us/budget_information/docs/TDSB%20Budget_%20May%2023.pdfPage 3TDSB 2012/2013 BudgetCreating Financial Stability
  • 9. Trustee presentationTo Ward 7 Council, February 2012Slide 19
  • 10. The Learning Opportunities GrantTDSB portion of the TOTAL amount 2013-2014all eight portions
  • 11. The Learning Opportunities GrantTDSB portion of the DEMOGRAPHICALLOCATION 2013-2014
  • 12. Ontario’s Learning Opportunities Grants (DemographicAllocation) to TDSB from 1998-99 to 2013-2014
  • 13. Using TDSB enrolment reported to Ministry of Educationfrom 2002-2003 to 2011-2012,LOG Demographic Allocation per-pupil
  • 14. Learning Opportunities GrantsRevenue and Model-School (MSIC) and LO-related ExpendituresTDSB 2011-2012Amount (percentage)12840020406080100120140LOG revenue Total MSIC + LO otherAmount(millions)LOG revenues and expenditures in the TDSB 2011-12Sources: Min of Ed Regulation 136/11; Budget Committee Report 34, June 6, 2012
  • 15. Learning Opportunities GrantsRevenue and Model-School and LO-related ExpendituresTDSB 2011-2012Sources: Min of Ed Regulation 136/11; Budget Committee Report 34, June 6, 2012
  • 16. LOG demographic allocation 11-12 $128,150,073LOG demographic allocation 12-13 $126,933,377LOG demographic allocation 13-14 $125,756,050Decrease 1 $1,216,696Decrease 2 $1,177,327Recent reductions of Ministry LOGRecent reductions of Ministry LOGto TDSBto TDSB
  • 17. LOG-DA Decrease 1 (2012) $1,216,696LO Staff reduction 32 (@$50,000) $1,600,000LOG-DA Decrease 2 (2013) $1,177,327LO Staff reduction 32 (@$50,000) $1,600,000Difference over two years $383,304 + $422,673 = $805,977TDSB Human Resources and Professional Resources CommitteeMarch 21, 2012 and February 28, 2013Reductions of Ministry LOG-DA to TDSBReductions of Ministry LOG-DA to TDSBLearning Opportunities (LO) Secondary TeachingLearning Opportunities (LO) Secondary TeachingPositions by TDSBPositions by TDSB
  • 18. Learning Opportunities GrantsRevenue and Model-School (MSIC) and LOI-related ExpendituresTDSB 2011-201212840020406080100120140LOG revenue Total MSIC + LOI otherAmount(millions)LOG revenues and expenditures in the TDSB 2011-12Sources: Min of Ed Regulation 136/11; Budget Committee Report 34, June 6, 2012
  • 19. If the June 2012 level of diversion of LOG funds was inplace since the year 1998by virtue of the TDSB interpretation of “latitude”it would mean that over a 13-year periodthe amount of the Ministry’s LOG funding taken awayfrom use for the students considered most at risk ofacademic failure would bejust under $1 billion
  • 20. Ontario’s Learning Opportunities Grants to TDSBfrom 1998-99 to 2013-2014How do we get a billion dollars?
  • 21. Conclusions1. TDSB uses only a fraction of the LOG for its intended purposes1. In an equity-conscious Board, cuts to Model Schools and otherprograms for children from low-income backgrounds seem outof place2. The amount of the LOG used for its intended purposes shouldbe raised incrementally over a five-year periodSocial Planning Toronto, April 24, 2013Social Planning Toronto, April 24, 2013

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