Jessica Bell MPP, University–Rosedale

Government of Ontario

University-Rosedale forum for education

Published on September 6, 2022

NOTE: We are postponing this education forum to ensure the newly elected school board trustee can be present at this meeting to make it as productive as possible. We will update this webpage and send out updates once we have a new date. Thank you very much for your patience. 

Welcome to another school year. As the MPP for University Rosedale and a parent of two school-age children, I work with the school community and residents to ensure our public schools provide an excellent education to our children.

The past two years have been extremely challenging for students, families, and education workers. Ontario had the longest closures of almost any jurisdiction in North America. Our children’s learning suffered.  

The Ford government continues to cut funding to education. The Centre for Policy Alternatives calculated that when taking inflation and enrolment into account, school boards received $1.6 billion less for the 2021-22 school year than they did in 2017-18 -  that is the equivalent of an $800 cut per student. 

Our kids deserve so much more. We need to work together and advocate for:

  • More funding for schools
  • Lower class sizes
  • More teachers, education workers, social workers and mental health workers 
  • Well-maintained, green, and energy efficient school buildings
  • Safe, in-person learning 
  • Canceling mandatory online learning
  • Fair wages for education workers and teachers. 
  • And more.