TDSB CONSIDERS CUTS TO ELEMENTARY SCHOOL MUSIC PROGRAMS TO BALANCE BUDGET

May 08, 2013

By Jane Brown

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Some instrumental music programs could be cut in Toronto public schools if trustees vote in favour of a recommendation by staff at the Toronto District School Board.  The measure would save $2-million and would scrap a program whereby music instructors train elementary school teachers to teach instrumental music, as required by Ontario’s curriculum.  Trustee Chris Glover says he won’t be endorsing this.  “I’m not going to be voting for the music instructing cuts, and if the province wants to put us under supervision, then they can make the cuts and do it themselves.  I recognize the importance of music instruction to the kids, to the students in our schools, and I’m not going to make those cuts.”

The proposal would also cut 23 part time music instructors who teach children in grades 1-6. But trustee Howard Goodman says the impact would be small.  “This is a tiny little piece of how we deliver music and it’s a question of whether there are better ways of spending this money, or money in music to deliver better quality programs for students.”

Trustees need to wipe out a $27-million deficit.  A vote takes place next month.

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