McGuinty Government Investments In French-Language Education Produce Results

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McGuinty Government Investments In French-Language Education Produce Results

Ministry of Francophone Affairs

Francophone Achievement Shows Students Getting The Support They Need OTTAWA, May 24 - French-language students in Ontario are achieving higher provincial test scores thanks to the McGuinty government's investments in the province's French-language schools, Minister Responsible for Francophone Affairs Madeleine Meilleur announced today. "Our government has recognized the unique challenges the French-language boards face in helping our francophone students succeed," said Meilleur. We are increasing funding to Ontario's French-language schools to make them even better places to learn and succeed." Next year, the province will invest an additional $73.5 million in Ontario's French-language schools. Since this government came to office, per pupil funding for French-language school boards has grown by 42.5 per cent - or $316.7 million - reaching $1.09 billion for the 2007-08 school year. This year's funding boost for French-language school boards will help ensure the quality of French-language education and combat the assimilation of French-speaking students. The investment includes $10 million for additional targeted supports to provide a wider range of programs and courses, particularly in French-language secondary schools. "We're proud of our track record to make Ontario's French-language schools great places to learn," said Education Minister Kathleen Wynne. "Our government has recognized the unique challenges these boards face in helping our francophone students succeed. During the last four years, we've seen a significant improvement in student outcomes, and we want to go further still." "I am proud to be part of a government that recognizes the fundamental role education plays in the ongoing development of Ontario's francophone community," said Ottawa-Orléans MPP Phil McNeely. Francophone student enrolment is on the rise for a second consecutive school year, despite declining enrolment provincially, assimilation and a low proportion of francophone immigration. Success by French-language students includes: - An increase in provincial test scores of between five and 15 percentage points - A rise of five per cent in graduation rates to 81 per cent - just four points short of the 2010 provincial target - over the past two years - Grade 6 French-language students reaching the 75 per cent target in math two years early - Grade 6 French-language girls reaching the target in reading, writing and math. "Close collaboration with our education partners is at the forefront of our strategy to help our francophone students reach their potential," concluded Meilleur. Disponible en français www.ofa.gov.on.ca Backgrounder ------------------------------------------------------------------------- ONTARIO'S INVESTMENTS IN FRENCH-LANGUAGE EDUCATION Contact Info This year, the province will invest an additional $73.5 million in Ontario's French-language school boards. This year's funding boost will help ensure the quality of French-language education and combat the assimilation of French-speaking students. The investment includes $10 million for additional targeted supports to provide a wider range of programs and courses, particularly in French-language secondary schools. The investments are part of the McGuinty government's overall strategy to provide francophone students with the support they need to succeed: - Launching the Politique d'aménagement linguistique which aims to improve retention in French-language schools, enhance students' oral communication skills and build capacity among school staff working in a linguistic minority setting. - Creating the Elementary and Secondary French-language Education Task Force, chaired by Education Minister Kathleen Wynne, to help ensure that francophones play a greater role in the overall development of a high quality education system in Ontario. In fact, some of this year's targeted investments in the Grants for Student Needs stem from advice from the task force. - Providing $70 million in cumulative enhancements in the Language Grant for French-language boards, a significant portion of which has been allocated to increase unique course offerings in French-language secondary schools. This initiative is helping to promote French language and culture, improve student achievement and help keep students in French-language schools. - Introducing an innovative multi-year $220-million capital investment strategy that will help improve access for children of rights holders to French-language education, the the single biggest investment in the history of the French-language community in Ontario. - Delivering on our commitment to create an independent TfO network that will meet the specific cultural and educational needs of the Francophone community. In addition to a $15.3 million start-up investment, the newly independent TfO will have an annual operating budget of up to $21 million, $15 million of which will be provided by the province. Disponible en français www.ofa.gov.on.ca For further information: Marc Despatie, Senior Strategic Communications Advisor, Office of the Minister Responsible for Francophone Affairs, (416) 433-8584; Charles Jean Sucsan, Senior Manager, Strategic Communications Office of Francophone Affairs, (416) 325-4968 HELP | CONTACT US | PRIVACY | IMPORTANT NOTICES © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2008-2009 — Last Modified: February 15, 2009 For further information: Marc Despatie, Senior Strategic Communications Advisor, Office of the Minister Responsible for Francophone Affairs, (416) 433-8584; Charles Jean Sucsan, Senior Manager, Strategic Communications Office of Francophone Affairs, (416) 325-4968