• Ontario school board projects $28.7M shortfall due to provincial cuts

    TORONTO — Ontario’s largest school board has to account for a $28.7 million shortfall next year because of the province’s changes to education funding, according to a document presented to the Toronto District School Board’s budget committee.

    The Progressive Conservative government announced cuts to education funding last month, including by increasing the average class size for Grades 4 to 8 from 23.84 to 24.5 — a move the board says will cost it nearly $10 million next year.

    Boards have yet to see the specific breakdown of the cuts, TDSB chairwoman Robin Pilkey said. For their 2019-2020 projected financial position, the board is working with information from the government’s announcement last month.

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