ABOUT THIS INITIATIVE
A Campaign promise made into something bigger.
This initiative was first brought to life by John McCrea, the Ward 5 Trustee for the Upper Canada District School Board. During his campaign, he promised a structural change to the way that decisions were made in the School Board. More specifically, he ran on the basis of "more $$ for Schools and less for School Boards".
The Education Act is very prescriptive. Structural changes must come from the Province. Schools First, however, and others, over four years, may coalesce broad public support for structural change that the Province can enact with the stroke of a pen.
The Goal of the Initiative: Creating a Community
The promises that John made during his campaign are ones that are shared by many dedicated educators across Ontario. For that reason, he started the Schools First Initiative as a way to gather that community, grow support, and use the power of numbers to implement real, positive, and tangible change for students across Ontario.
The main focus areas of the Schools First Initiative can be seen below. If you have any questions or feel empowered to join our movement, we ask you to please send us a note. Together, we can do more. Together, we can make the Ontario education system better.
OUR CURRENT AGENDA
THE SCHOOLS FIRST INITIATIVE
The following are a few of the primary focus areas for the Schools First Initiative at the moment. As our initiative grows, and more and more supporters join the movement, our focus areas will change.
Over time, this initiative will launch issue-specific campaigns directed at making tangible and positive changes in School Boards across Ontario.