Ottawa DSB proposing bilingual kindergarten for all students
The Ottawa-Carleton District School Board has proposed major changes to its French language programs. Under the proposed new policy:
All students would start taking French in Junior Kindergarten, with the time divided into 50% English and 50% French.
Early French Immersion students would take English and Mathematics in English starting in grade 1 (2 hours per day).
The board says that the change would address issues of equity of access to programs, and would give all students a foundation in both languages to prepare them to continue in either Immersion or Core French.
The board undertook extensive consultations on the new policy, and will conduct further consultations this fall.
Ontario's Auditor General says that Ontario needs more overall coordination and clearer criteria for spending on infrastructure. In her 2015 annual report, the Auditor also found that despite Ministry of Education estimates that $1.4 Billion per year is needed to maintain schools in “a state of good repair,” actual funding over the last five years has averaged approximately $250 million annually.
Among the Auditor's concerns: the government plans to allocate two-thirds of its infrastructure spending on new construction and one-third on repairs and maintenance, despite the fact that its own analysis shows that those proportions should be reversed.
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