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York Region Social Planning Council effects positive impact on the political, social and economic systems to enhance the quality of life of all residents in York Region, and in particular, of the diverse individuals and communities that are vulnerable and marginalized. We strive to be a model.
In 2006 York Region District School Board moved to change Policy #680 to re-define entitlements to yellow bus transportation to secondary schools from a distance criterion (4.8 km from the school) to a “transit served area” criterion
There was no cost or impact analysis done on the policy
Only the wealthy or those fortunate enough to live close to specialty schools will benefit from such programs since their children can be driven to school or can afford to pay for private transportation
Those less fortunate who wish to attend specialty schools but cannot due to cost or the long commute will ultimately be marginalized further perpetuating existing inequalities in our community
The Ministry of Education has fully funded the Board’s transportation expenditures
The Board has had a surplus each year since 04 totalling some 4.5 million dollars as outlined by the Effectiveness & Efficiency (E & E) Review by Deloittes
This decision is an outright cut to essential education programs which historically have been provided and paid for by the Board; now the burden is on parents to pay, yet there is no financial need to do this