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Webinar – The Hidden Costs of Private Money in Public Education
Monday, February 25, 2019, 11:30am - 01:00pm
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Please register for Dr. Sue Winton: The Hidden Costs of Private Money in Public Education at:

The Social Planning Network of Ontario (SPNO) Community of Practice on Equity and Inclusion for Low-Income Students and Families is pleased to be partnering with leading experts and voices in the field to bring you this unique webinar series that looks at the impacts of poverty and classism on low-income students and families.

Please join us on February 25th for our 2nd webinar in this series – an Interview with Dr. Sue Winton, Associate Professor at York University, who will discuss some of the hidden costs of school fundraising and other forms of private money in public education.

The desire to provide their children and students with schools full of rich learning opportunities leads many parents and school staff to engage in fundraising. Fundraised dollars are used to pay for everything from playgrounds and sports equipment to library books and musical instruments. Fundraising is often heralded for increasing parent engagement and providing much-needed resources to schools and classrooms. In this interview Dr. Winton will highlight some of school fundraising’s hidden costs: exacerbating inequities between students and schools; discouraging some students and parents from participating in school activities; and enabling government disinvestment in public education.

In addition, Dr. Winton will highlight aspects of the policy context that have contributed to the normalization of this practice that also help explain why fundraising is so difficult for parents, educators and policymakers to resist. Dr. Winton will also discuss implications of other forms of privatization becoming increasingly common in public education systems. This is a a timely and critical discussion for all educators, students, parents and allies of public education.

The presentation will be followed by a Q and A opportunity for participants.

Thank you in advance for sharing this unique learning opportunity with your peers/colleagues and for joining us on Feb. 25th.


Yvonne Kelly

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.