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Toronto Catholic school board rejects call for ban on gay-straight alliances

The Toronto Catholic District School Board has rejected a call from two trustees to ban gay-straight alliances in schools — which Ontario now says schools must allow.

Trustees voted 7 to 4 against a motion Thursday by trustee Garry Tanuan calling on the board to defy Ontario’s year-old Accepting Schools Act that says boards must let students set up gay-straight alliances (GSAs) if they wish. Tanuan’s motion, seconded by trustee John Del Grande, said gay-straight alliances “promote a positive view of homosexual activity, which undermines Catholic teaching on chastity and marriage.”

However, students from two new gay-straight alliances in Catholic high schools argued they are having a “positive impact” on school climate and leading to fewer homophobic slurs.

Teacher training in Ontario will be bumped up to two years starting in 2014, says the provincial government.

The Liberals, who promised the move during the 2011 election campaign, began consultations with education groups on Wednesday about the change.

Three to four additional sessions are planned for April and May.

Teachers typically earn a four-year undergraduate degree and then spend another year at university completing their bachelor of education. (Ten of the 13 universities with education programs also offer the degrees concurrently so students can complete the two at the same time.)

The Liberals have said more training is needed given the challenges and increasing demands teachers face. The expanded program, the details of which have yet to be finalized, will include more practical, in-class training for new teachers.

[ONTARIO, CANADA] Ontario shows us we should support our teachers, not shame them. The Canadian province improved its education system by being supportive rather than dismissive of state schools (via Ontario shows us we should support our teachers, not shame them | Education | The Guardian)

[ONTARIO, CANADA] Ontario shows us we should support our teachers, not shame them. The Canadian province improved its education system by being supportive rather than dismissive of state schools (via Ontario shows us we should support our teachers, not shame them | Education | The Guardian)

Full-day kindergarten may be having a negative effect on the learning and personal development of some children, according to new research.

Early results from a pilot study focusing on two classrooms in southwestern Ontario revealed that teachers in a regular school setting were often caught in the tension that exists between meeting curriculum expectations and teaching to student interests.