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The silent treatment

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The silent treatment: Changes proposed to public board’s delegate process

Delegations hoping to have their voices heard by Waterloo Region District School Board trustees may be facing new restrictions.

Among those restrictions — a limit on how often delegates can speak, a requirement for presentations to be submitted in full prior to the meeting and putting an end to unregistered delegates’ ability to speak, even if the majority of trustees vote to allow it. Read Article

Article by Paige Desmond
in the Waterloo Chronicle, April 4, 2012

Policy could hurt democratic rights: parent

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Policy could hurt democratic rights: parent

Local parents are raising a red flag after learning potential changes to the public school board’s delegation policies could quash opportunities to address trustees.

Minutes from a recent Waterloo Region District School Board policy and bylaw committee meeting detail a consideration to modify delegation procedures that would make it more difficult to speak to the board.  Read Article

Article by Lisa Rutledge
in the Cambridge Times, March 30, 2012

Changes Coming to the Delegation Process

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Changes are coming to the delegation process at the WRDSB. It appear that must think we had too many opportunities to express our concerns. And, in the future, they want to know several days ahead of time exactly what they are going to hear from us as concerned parents and stakeholders.

I attended the board meeting last evening and was surprized to see minutes from the Policy and Bylaw Standing Committee that indicate that they will be changing the delegation procedures. You can read the minutes of this Committee’s meeting from January 30, 2012 and read about the proposed changes.

Why Trustees Should Vote

Just how is it that another public school board in the province – facing the exact same issue and decision – sees this as a trustee decision and not one for staff to make? Would it not seem logical that the decision-making process should be equal, given that both school boards are mandated by the same legislation?

The Ottawa-Carleton District School Board (OCDSB) was ‘challenged’ in March of 2011 by parents and stakeholders concerned about the delivery of the before- and after-school programs. Through the democratic process, the trustees then required the staff to produce a report concerning potential delivery models.

Trustees Will Not Vote

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Apparently trustees will not have a say on how the extended day program is rolled out at the WRDSB. This is the situation, despite the contrary messages parents have been receiving for several months from individual trustees.

According to an article written by Ryan Flanagan, and published in The Cambridge Times (February 15, 2012), the trustees will not be voting on how the extended day program will proceed at the WRDSB.

Customized Community Model

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Through pieces of information collected (from parents and third party provider staff), we believe that some trustees might favour a “customized community model” with respect to the implementation of the extended day program. Parents noticed that the board’s language had changed to include “customized program” and “one sized doesn’t fit all” during the last two roundtable meetings. This new language is in line with this new model, and the model was also mentioned by Mary Lou Mackie in an article in The Record on Saturday, February 4, 2012 (Everything on the table in extended day debate.)

Everything on table in extended day debate

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Everything on table in extended day debate

“Everything is on the table,” said Mary Lou Mackie, the executive superintendent of Waterloo Region’s public school board. “We haven’t decided anything.” So the battle over the public board’s planned takeover of before-and-after school programs for kindergarten kids in all elementary schools has new life.  Read Article

Article by Jeff Hicks
in The Record, February 3, 2012

Making informed choice

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Making informed choice

Choice. That’s what the parents with children attending Waterloo Region District School Board schools want — the ability to make an informed choice about the daycare option that best suits the needs of their children and their family. Read more

By Amanda Coade
The Record, January 30, 2012

Daycare providers won’t be pushed out of Catholic schools

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Daycare providers won’t be pushed out of Catholic schools

They won’t get pushed out when it comes to offering before- and after-school programs for kindergarten students, board staff told trustees on Monday night. So, is this a victory for parents who cherish the outside not-for-profit organizations who provide those kindergarten programs in 11 Catholic schools? They’re not really sure. Read more

By Jeff Hicks
The Record, January 30, 2012

Press Release

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WRDSB Families Want Choice PRESS RELEASE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – January 31, 2012

Parents Group Encouraged by Extended Day Program Progress