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TDSB OK’s cutting jobs as enrolment tapers off

Toronto public schools will have 102 fewer teachers, lose 45 early childhood educators and eliminate 46 lunchroom supervisor positions this fall as enrolment is expected to continue to drop.

At a special meeting of Toronto District School Board trustees on Wednesday, the cuts were passed after a few questions about how the losses could affect special education – they are not expected to – and concerns about the dearth of guidance counsellors in light of a report issued Monday that said they are “missing completely” from Ontario elementary schools.

Trustee Pam Gough asked board staff what the ratio of students to counsellors is, noting they handle much more than just high school course choices for Grade 8 students.

At 700-to-1, “my message to the (education ministry) is that is simply not good enough for our students.”

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