Our Fight

In February 2016 Provincial Demonstration Schools were at risk of closing.  Parents and students were shocked - the intake and processing of applications was halted.  The Liberal governemant immediately launched an expensive consultation process.  After heavy lobbying from OPSEU, NDP and PC parties along with parents spreading the word through media and social media there was only a guarantee of one more year.  

A group of parents launched a Human Rights Tribunal the end of May citing discrimination at the prospects of these schools closing.  After a long wait the Minister of Education released the consultation report on August 5th which proved the value of Demonstration Schools.  On August 8th the governement announced that it did not have plans to close the schools and are planning on engaging a pilot project in three school boards in an attempt to research ways to replecate the experience provided to students with severe learning disabilities at Provincial Demonstration schools.

The Provincial Demonstration Schools Advocacy Committee, involved in lobbying the governement, has agreed and offered to work with the Minister of Education as members of a reference committee and will monitor the Ministries promises closely while simultaneously ensuring that the Demonstration Schools are promoted across the province of Ontario; so that schools, teachers and parents are made aware of the wonderful programs and opportunities that exist at these schools.

 

  • Accountable Education

    We NEED to hold the Minister of Education ACCOUNTABLE!  Our goal is and has always been for these schools to remain open, increase enrollment and help all children now and in…

  • Social Justice Tribunal Update

    UPDATE - Human Rights Tribunal April 28, 2016 We would like to inform you of additional information regarding the Human Rights Tribunal. Please understand that you have up to one…

  • Tribunal Paperwork

    The Tribunal Application Paperwork You can find a working filled-in Microsoft Word application Form 1 and 1C by clicking here.  Make sure you hit 'enable maros' when opening so you…

  • Consultation Process

    The Ministry of Education has secured an external agency to conduct a consultation, with students, families, staff, education and community partners on Provincial and Demonstration Schools. The purpose of the…

  • Our HRTO

    Our Human Rights Ontario Application In the face of the potential closure of Provincial Demonstration Schools, families of children with severe learning disabilities have come forward to challenge the Minister…

  • Open Letter to Mitzie Hunter

    Editorial- Minister Hunter- What would you do? If your child had a severe learning disability and you had exhausted all the resources at your home board, what would you do?…