Also, data show that there’s a persistent lack of funding in technology, poor or uneven internet connectivity, and insufficient access to professional development for teachers. A 2018 report by the Ontario Auditor General found that students’ access to classroom technology varied widely across the province, along with the age of equipment and software.
Research has clearly established the relationship between school facility conditions, student academic achievement, and teacher effectiveness. We need substantial, sustained investments to ensure students and teachers aren’t forced to learn and work in buildings with leaking roofs, poor ventilation, mold, and other dangers.
Ontario schools need investments to ensure teachers and students are working in safe environments with adequate facilities and technology. A 21st century education demands 21st century resources.
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