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Public favourable to increased education spending, according to OISE’s 19th Opinion Survey

December 8, 2015

TORONTO, ON– Despite the political challenges regarding Ontario’s publicly funded education system, there remains general satisfaction among the public as a whole, and parents more specifically. This is according to the 19th OISE Survey of Educational Issues, the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education’s bi-annual survey of public attitudes towards education, released today.

“A majority actually favours increased spending on schools, and most of them are willing to pay higher taxes to support this,” according to report’s co-author Arlo Kempf.

Findings also note support of provincial testing along with the important role that teachers play in assessing students. Also evident is strong support for full-day kindergarten and its emphasis on inquiry/play-based learning. Public opinion gridlock remains when it comes to funding both public and separate schools versus a single system, according to the survey.

“We weren’t surprised by the strong interest in more technology in the schools, but we were surprised that most favoured greater opportunities for students to earn credit for learning outside of the school setting, given this issue has not received much media attention,” says co-author Doug Hart.

“We are hopeful that parents, educational leaders, policy makers and the media will find this 32 page report of significant use for informed dialogue about issues facing Ontario’s fine publicly funded system,” observed OISE interim Dean Glen Jones.

About the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto
The Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) of the University of Toronto is a world-leader in research and graduate studies in education. OISE is Canada’s only all-graduate institute of teaching, learning and research in education, offering world-class programs including graduate preparation for a career in teaching.

More information: 2015 OISE Survey Report Highlights & Full Report,
Backgrounder on the OISE Survey ReportsPrevious OISE Survey Reports


For more information:

Arlo Kempf, Professor and Co-Author of OISE Survey

Sarah Jorstad, Senior Communications Officer