1 Ontario Public School Boards’ Association 439 University Avenue, 18th Floor Toronto, ON M5G 1Y8 Tel: (416) 340-2540 Fax: (416) 340-7571 webmaster@opsba.org www.opsba.org Cathy Abraham President W.R. (Rusty) Hick Executive Director OPSBA’s Annual Report to the Canadian School Boards Association Since the election of a new Progressive Conservative government in Ontario for the first time in 15 years last June, our world-renowned education system has been experiencing adjustments to curriculum and policy across the sector. With the implementation of these changes comes great responsibility for our Association and members, the more than 330 school board and school authority trustees who routinely make decisions affecting more than 1.3 million students. We must continue to ensure that as we move forward, we continue to support the high levels of academic performance that make Ontario students stand out. OPSBA’s strategic multi-year priorities and key activities are designed to improve achievement and well-being for all students and promote opportunities that offer Ontario’s children and youth success in school and in life. The Association and its Board of Directors advocates not only for first-rate programs, pedagogy and resources, but for a social and educational environment that nurtures the values of universality, inclusiveness, equity, diversity, human rights, respect and kindness. OPSBA’s priorities are: • The Whole Child and Student Well-Being for Today and Tomorrow • Trustees as Leaders in Public Education • Advancing Reconciliation: First Nation, Métis and Inuit Education • Labour Relations • Education Finance Highlights of our advocacy and work in the past year include: Legislative Submissions and Government Consultations OPSBA has engaged in a wide range of advocacy work related to the provincial government’s legislative and regulatory agenda, including submissions and letters regarding: • School bus and student safety • The Ontario budget and education funding • Cannabis legalization • Education in Ontario, the government’s fall 2018 consultation • The revised mathematics curriculum and the mathematics teacher content test • EQAO modernization • E-Learning • Proposed class size changes • Grants for Student Needs • School Board Policies on Service Animals • Ontario Autism Program changes • Changes to the 2015 Health and Physical Education Curriculum Municipal and School Board Elections OPSBA once again partnered with the Ontario Education Services Corporation (OESC) to coordinate a series of resources to support trustee candidates and communities in the October 22 Municipal and School Board elections occurring across Ontario. Developed resources included updated versions of guides for running for