Public System, Private Money: Fees, Fundraising and Equity in the Toronto District School Board

Public_System_private_money.jpgAcross Ontario poverty is deep and persistent; 1.6 million people lived in poverty in 2008 (Campaign 2000, 2010, pg. 2). Child poverty is worsening with 412,000 children living in poverty and the number is increasing. In Toronto it rose from 24% in 1990 to 32% in 2005. Poverty is racialized as children of non-European heritage make up about one half of the Greater Toronto Area‟s children, and seven out of ten of the children living in poverty. (Children‟s Aid Society Toronto, 2008, pg. 2) Poverty is geographically concentrated as Toronto becomes segregated by income. While our downtown core gets richer, the middle class is disappearing and the number of low-income neighbourhoods in our city has increased every year since 1970 (Hulchanski, 2007). In the City of Toronto all growth in the number of children living in poverty since 1997 occurred in the inner suburbs, where rates of child poverty now surpass those of downtown (Children‟s Aid Society Toronto, 2008, pg. 2).

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