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(Canada) Mississauga, Ontario: Hiring more teaching assistants

July 9, 2017, Insauga.com: Mississauga (Ontario, Canada): PDSB & Province Seek to Increase Support for Special Needs Students Schools in Peel Region have a diverse community of students and some of those students need extra support to get through the day. In its latest initiatives, the Peel District School Board (PDSB) is offering its support to those who directly support students with special needs. Most of the PDSB's 2017-2018 operating budget of nearly $1.9 billion is allocated to fixed costs, such as maintenance and busing. Within the budget, though, there's $15.3 million of local priorities funding. The board will use that money to add more staff, in consultation with groups of current employees. About half, or $7.5 million, of the local priorities funding will be dedicated to new initiatives. Among them is a plan to hire 70 new teaching assistants (TAs) and 31 new long-term occasional (LTO) TAs. ...