Backgrounder - Next steps in funding formula changes

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Backgrounder - Next steps in funding formula changes

Ministry of Education

TORONTO, Aug. 14 - Since coming to office, the McGuinty government has made significant changes to the education funding formula and increased its investment in Ontario's publicly funded education system by $3.7 billion - an increase of $2,156 per pupil or 29 per cent. The new investment of $182 million for the 2007-08 school year announced today, combined with an additional $127 million in 2008-09, will support further improvements to the education funding formula through a variety of ways. For 2007-08, the changes announced today include: - $41 million to fund 300 more vice-principals and ensure funding better matches actual staffing costs - $20 million to fund 240 more teachers to reduce class size in primary grades - Investment to ensure funding better matches actual costs - $21 million for professionals and para-professionals - $19 million for supply teachers - $20 million for education assistants and special education - $12 million for secretaries - $20 million for school operations - $12 million for student transportation - $12 million for rural schools, including funding for over 100 additional schools through our Supported Schools Allocation - $5 million to deliver an additional $1,000 per school for school office supplies. For 2008-09, additional changes announced today include further investments to ensure that funding better matches actual costs: - $50 million for non-salary compensation - $10 million for Special Education staffing and costs - $10 million for school operations - $10 million for student transportation - $10 million for English-as-a-Second-Language and Perfectionnement du français - $10 million for the operation of small boards - $10 million to expand local education priorities through the Program Enhancement Grant - $10 million in funding to support the construction of $140 million worth of schools in areas of local growth - $6.5 million for Continuing Education and Adult English-as-a-Second- Language and Perfectionnement du français Disponible en français www.edu.gov.on.ca www.ontario.ca/progress Contact Info For further information: Michelle Despault, Minister's Office (416) 212-3747; Patricia MacNeil, Communications Branch, (416) 325-2676; Public Inquiries: (416) 325-2929, or 1-800-387-5514, TTY: 1-800-263-2892 HELP | CONTACT US | PRIVACY | IMPORTANT NOTICES © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2008-2009 — Last Modified: February 15, 2009 For further information: Michelle Despault, Minister's Office (416) 212-3747; Patricia MacNeil, Communications Branch, (416) 325-2676; Public Inquiries: (416) 325-2929, or 1-800-387-5514, TTY: 1-800-263-2892