Fully funded public education must remain a government priority
The Ontario Public School Boards' Association (OPSBA) looks forward to working with
the newly elected government and premier-designate Doug Ford to ensure a strong,
high-quality, publicly funded education system that provides universally accessible
opportunities for all students.
"OPSBA represents the largest democratically elected trustee body in Ontario with
a specific responsibility for the education and well-being of children and youth,"
said OPSBA president Cathy Abraham. "Education is the second-largest funding line
item in the provincial budget every year, and we are committed to ensuring our system
is properly funded to create the conditions that support student success."
As a non-partisan association, OPSBA has positive and mutually respectful working
relationships with members of provincial parliament and staff from all parties and
other education partners in the province. These relationships help us to represent
the voice of our public school boards on the diverse range of issues that affect
students and communities to our provincial government.
OPSBA's multi-year strategic priorities are the foundation upon which our advocacy
is based, and outlines what public school boards and trustees would like to see
in the future for education in Ontario. OPSBA's priorities are: The Whole Child
and Student Well-Being for Today and Tomorrow, Advancing Reconciliation: First Nations,
Métis and Inuit Education, Trustees as Leaders in Public Education, Education Funding
and Labour Relations.
OPSBA advocates for its priorities and conditions that improve student achievement
and well-being. The Association looks forward to mutual, ongoing, meaningful dialogue
and consultation with ministers and staff of the newly elected provincial government
on decisions that impact the more than 1.2 million public elementary and secondary
school students in Ontario that we serve.
The Ontario Public School Boards' Association represents public district school
boards and public school authorities across Ontario, which together serve more than
1.2 million public elementary and secondary students. The Association advocates
on behalf of the best interests and needs of the public school system in Ontario.
OPSBA is seen as the credible voice of public education in Ontario and is routinely
called on by the provincial government for input and advice on legislation and the
impact of government policy directions.