TORONTO SCHOOL BOARDS ADD VOICES TO AUTISM CONCERNS


Both Toronto’s public and Catholic school boards have asked the province for more money to cope with an expected influx of autistic students, according to an article in the Toronto Star,

TDSB and TCDSB logos“We are disappointed that the provincial government has not yet consulted or provided school boards with the pertinent information about the impacts of their recent autism announcement,” says a March 8 statement by Maria Rizzo, chair of the Toronto Catholic District School Board.

A letter, also dated March 8, to Community and Social Services Minister Lisa MacLeod from Toronto District School Board Chair Robin Pilkey says the cuts in funding “puts strain on our schools and staff, requiring from us to redirect existing staff, and potentially hiring additional support staff in some specific locations and situations.”

For more information, please see the article in the Toronto Star (paywall may apply).