Archives for: December 2013

12/11/13

Permalink 06:49:34 am, by mleslie Email , 32 words, 235 views   English (CA)
Categories: News Updates

Ontario Auditor General review of Ministry of Education's Healthy Schools Strategy

To download the Auditor General's 17 page review of the Ministry of Education's "Healthy Schools Strategy", please click on the headline. The report and review were released on Tuesday, December 10th, 2013, in Toronto.

Permalink 06:45:25 am, by mleslie Email , 42 words, 242 views   English (US)
Categories: News Updates

Study Reveals More K-8 Children Are Walking to School

Chapel Hill, N.C. – New research from the National Center for Safe Routes to School – based on parent survey data collected by nearly 4,700 U.S. schools from 2007 to 2012 – shows that more K-8 students are walking to and from school across the country.

12/10/13

Permalink 08:49:20 am, by mleslie Email , 32 words, 238 views   English (CA)
Categories: Toronto updates

Forensic Audit of the Toronto District School Board

A report by Ernst & Young LLP was provided to the Minister of Education following a forensic audit of the Toronto District School Board.

This publication is available as a PDF, 475 KB.

Permalink 08:46:47 am, by mleslie Email , 197 words, 246 views   English (CA)
Categories: Toronto updates

Statement by Minister Sandals on the Toronto District School Board

Today, Liz Sandals, Minister of Education, issued the following statement about a forensic audit of the Toronto District School Board:

"I would like to thank Ernst & Young LLP for completing their forensic audit of the Toronto District School Board.

I authorized the audit in June, when the director of the board and its audit committee asked the Ministry of Education to examine its financial management practices.

The report by Ernst & Young LLP raises issues with the board's financial policies, procedures and reporting practices and provides recommendations on how to address them. I expect the board to take these recommendations seriously and act on them in a timely manner to ensure public dollars are being used efficiently, transparently and responsibly. The ministry will work with the board to finalize a plan early in the new year that will outline how the board will address the concerns raised in the report.

Above all else, our investments in Ontario's publicly funded education system must ensure our students have access to a high quality, world-class education that prepares them for future success. I look forward to working with the Toronto District School Board to ensure this expectation is met."

12/03/13

Permalink 12:20:13 pm, by mleslie Email , 70 words, 255 views   English (US)
Categories: Individual school case studies

Expert panel shares strategies for ensuring that building green facilities remains a top concern for school districts

by Caroline Massie - Providing a healthy, safe environment for children promotes higher student performance, improved health among students and staff, and higher staff satisfaction, as recent studies show. And while building better-performing, greener schools can improve these outcomes, building green schools and greening existing buildings generally requires more up-front costs. When school districts face tight budgets and expanding student populations, what prevents healthy schools from slipping as a priority?

Build Green Schools.ca

These pages are a resource for students, parents, staff and neighbours who wish to make the buildings and yards in their school community sustainable, high-performance and "green". The site was originally created for members of the Runnymede Public School community in the west-end of Toronto, but has expanded. This blog is owned and maintained by Marshall Leslie (see www.mleslie.com). You can also follow us on Twitter @greenschools_ca

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