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In the news: Many Peel schools contain asbestos

ETFO has joined the call for a national ban on asbestos and a registry of public buildings, including schools, that have asbestos. We are concerned for our members, students and school communities as asbestos-containing materials such as ceiling tiles and pipe insulation can be present in aging school buildings.

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Fix Our Schools press conference

ETFO joined a Queen’s Park news conference on February 22 designed to draw attention to the crumbling state of many of Ontario’s older public schools. The media event was organized by the grassroots organization Fix Our Schools.

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Parents Reaching Out Grants

Applications for the Ministry of Education’s 2016-2017 Parents Reaching Out Grants program are now open. The deadline for applications is May 28, 2016. The grants are designed to support parents in identifying barriers to engagement in their own community and to identify ways to involve more parents in supporting their children’s academic success and well-being.

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News & Views



Helping parents stay informed: See what people are thinking and saying about schools, classrooms and student learning — on topics parents care about — from Ontario and around the globe.

About Building Better Schools

Building Better Schools began as an education platform for provincial elections.  It has grown to become a long term vision of what Ontario public elementary schools could be. This site has also grown to include helpful tips for supporting your child’s learning and how to navigate Ontario’s public elementary education system.

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ETFO priorities for building better schools

Building Better Schools

Elementary school teachers believe Ontario can do a better job of ensuring that students are well-prepared for higher education, training, and citizenship. Take a look at our building blocks.

Find out how to support your child in and out of school

Supporting your child

As parents, you know how hard it can be to find ‘extra’ time to get involved in your child’s education. But your involvement helps your child tremendously, and enriches your school community.

Find out how to be more involved in your child's school

Navigating your school

As a parent, you have a right to know how your child is doing… and how your school is doing. In this section, find resources for creating your relationship with both.