Over the last few decades, funding for special education programs and services has consistently failed to keep up with actual student need.
The funding model for special education programs is based on a predictive model rather than student needs. Funding is disconnected from what is happening in elementary classrooms and the needs of students in our schools.
All students can benefit from Ontario’s inclusive approach to public education, provided that they have access to needed supports, including trained professionals in schools.
What you can do:
Insist that the government provide all students with the services and support. Special education funding needs to be substantially increased and should be based on actual needs. Funding should be allocated to hire additional educational assistants, behavioural counsellors, psychologists, and speech and language pathologists.