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An Opinion on Education Vouchers and Tax Credits

Dear Home Rules, I really enjoyed the March issue of Home Rules, especially the articles detailing contacts with the government, and what their view of deschoolers, homeschoolers, and independent schools are. I would like to comment on the now-fashionable notion of education vouchers and tax credits for homeschoolers, referred to in the March issue (page …

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Home-Schooled Students Face Hurdles to Higher Education

University registrars in Ontario and a federation of parents who teach their children at home are beginning talks about how to admit home-schooled students to Ontario universities. There aren’t any formal guidelines for dealing with home-schooled students, and universities have trouble slotting them into the system because they are such a varied group. “It’s a …

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Good News!! School Health Support Services Update

There has been a positive change in the service delivery model for School Health Support Services. The service delivery model for SHSS is now the same as it is for the Personal Support initiative. This means that the Community Care Access Centre (CCAC) will still assess children for eligibility and determine the type and level …

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Press Soup

Recently OFTP was asked to comment in the press about the newly proposed tax credits for families sending their children to private schools. Donna Sheehan and members of the executive drafted and sent a brief statement after inviting email discussion about it. I just wanted to thank everyone who contributed to this request, showing their …

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Extended School Health Services for Homeschoolers – report of problems

In the August 2000 issue of Home Rules, it was reported by Albert Lubberts, President of OFTP, that School Health Support Services would be extended to all independent schools as well as home educated school aged children in the province. This new initiative came into effect on September 2000. The services covered are: occupational therapy, …

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OFTP at Bill 160 Legislative Hearings

OFTP President Albert Lubberts outlined for the committee the education choices available to Ontario residents under the Education Act of this province. He stressed the fact that parents may, without government interference, choose to provide a learning environment at home under the sections dealing with private schools or under Section 21 which speaks of home …

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