The model used by the Ontario Government to fund special education doesn’t meet student needs.
In 1997, the Harris government cut billions from public education, and instituted a funding formula that created a crisis of underfunded school boards across the province. The impacts of these cuts were deep.
The last comprehensive review of the Ontario education funding formula was by the Education Equality Task Force headed by Dr. Mordechai Rozanski in 2002. In its 2007 election platform, the Ontario Liberal Party committed to reviewing the education funding formula by 2010. That review has yet to take place. ETFO commissioned an analysis of education funding and released the findings in 2017. A number of other education organizations have come forward to join ETFO in calling for a full external review of the funding formula.
In her 2017 Annual Report, Ontario’s auditor general also concludes that the funding benchmarks in the funding formula are out of date and that there should be a full external review of education funding. The 2018 ETFO poll indicates that 76 per cent of Ontarians believe it’s time for an external review of the education funding formula.