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OSTA-AECO


Ontario Student Trustees' Association • l'Association des Élèves Conseillers et Conseillères de L'Ontario 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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OSTA-AECO


Ontario Student Trustees' Association • l'Association des Élèves Conseillers et Conseillères de L'Ontario 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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ABOUT US

OSTA-AECO is the largest student stakeholder in education and the voice for the student vision. As the representatives of over 2 million students, we are a dynamic, diverse voice. We act as consultants on policy for the Ministry of Education, collaborate with stakeholders in the education community and work to unite all student trustees across the province.

Whether it is at school boards across the province or at the province level, the Ontario Student Trustees' Association and all of its members continue to play an integral role in crafting the future of public education in Ontario.

Read about our history

Read our FAQ

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sTRUCTURE

The Executive Council is chosen through a series of elections at our Annual General Meeting (AGM) and includes various elected members. Also elected are Cabinets of the Board Councils, each of whom has a respective President and Vice President. The two Board Councils are the Public Board Council (PBC) and Catholic Board Council (CBC).

Within the Executive Council, the voting power lies with the Senior Executive Council, which consists of five members: the President of OSTA-AECO, and the Presidents and Vice Presidents of the Public and Catholic Board Councils.

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committees

Within the General Assembly, there are several committees as listed below:

The Policy Committee works on creating position papers that relate to student issues.

The Ontario Student, Parent and Educator Survey (OSPES) Committee creates a survey to send out to all students, parents and educators.

The Progress Committee works to ease the transition of student trustees into their role. 

The First Nation, Métis and Inuit (FNMI) works on ways to improve FNMI representation and education in Ontario.

The Communications Committee is responsible for advertisement, promotion, and outreach.

MISSION

We are advancing the student vision.  As student trustees, we are elected by our peers to bring the student voice to district school board tables. Through a non-binding vote, we present the student perspective to improve the quality of education in schools across the province.

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Public Board Council


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ABOUT PBC

The Public Board Council consists of student trustees in public boards across Ontario. The president of the Public Board Council is Dasha Metropolitansky and the vice president is Kevin Zheng.

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Projects

This year, PBC is working on position papers as well as the Ontario Public Student Wellness Summit. 

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Position Papers

The council works on creating position papers that represents the collective view of students on particular issues. Recently they have participated in advocating for the students' right at the table for collective agreements.

The Public board Council of OSTA-AECO is calling on the government, education unions and school boards to formalize their commitment to "Put Students First" by including the necessary language in all new collective agreements. Watch the press conference below

Press Release • Position Paper

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Catholic Board Council


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Catholic Board Council


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ABOUT US

The Catholic Board Council consists of student trustees in catholic boards across Ontario. The president of the Catholic Board Council is Nicolas Bottger and the vice president is Manuela Zapata

 

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Ontario Catholic Student Youth Day

The  Catholic Board Council hosted Ontario Catholic Student Youth Day (Journée de Jeunesse Catholic) to celebrate and promote Catholic education as well unify Catholic students from across Ontario. 

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KEEP THE FLAME BURNING MAGAZINE

This publication is meant to highlight the diverse and creative ways in which our Catholicism has been celebrated through the works of our students. 

The second annual Ontario Catholic Student Youth Day took place on May 3, 2016, in which the Catholic Board Council united Ontario Catholic students using the theme of "Opening the Doors of Mercy." We challenged students to show us how they're opening the doors of mercy, and here's what they came up with. 

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History


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History


The position of student trustee is an exciting, and recent, addition to Ontario's education community. The earliest incarnation of the student trustee began in the early 1990s under the New Democratic government of former premier Bob Rae. The Royal Commission on Learning explored ways to revitalize the education system. In its report, "For the Love of Learning", the commission recommended a student member be on all district school boards to vote on behalf of students. This empowerment would be complimented by giving a greater role to students' councils in individual schools.

Although this report was the first official government document to propose enabling students to represent their interests, the first board to enact legislation allowing a non-voting student member was the former Kenora Board of Education in 1989.

In 1997, the Progressive Conservative government of former premier Mike Harris introduced "The Education Quality Improvement Act" as Bill 160. Although This act instigated a labour dispute, within the legislation was the creation of the position of "pupil representative". The act allowed individual school boards to draft their own policies to allow for flexibility within guidelines. In 1998, every school board had at least one pupil representative.

Under the vision of a dedicated group, student trustees from the English-Public, English-Catholic, French-Public and French-Catholic boards agreed to work together to stand up for students. Contrary to the deteriorating relations throughout the education community at the time, this association boldly and progressively was a syndicate that was cooperative, bridging the gaps of language and religion, while also recognizing the benefits of representing a united student voice. The inaugural meeting of the Ontario Student Trustees' Association – l'Association des élèves conseillers et conseillères de l'Ontario occurred in Toronto in 2000.

Throughout the next terms, the association evolved into an official stakeholder at the Ministry of Education to consult on a variety of issues. The association argued for student rights and stability in education.

The association's work in 2006 saw an empowerment of the student trustee position. In its report entitled "The Student Trustee: Today and Tomorrow", the association made a positive change in education governance. Under the Liberal government of Premier Dalton McGuinty and the leadership of former education Minister Gerard Kennedy, the position was officially named as "student trustee" and the office was empowered, granting student trustees the right to suggest motions, have access to board resources and to attend meetings closed to the public, through amendments to the Education Act.

The association has also argued for a focus on "education, not evaluation", better bilingual education, sweatshop-free Catholic school uniforms and other measures to improve schools. Today, the association is working to bring address extracurricular activity fees and civic engagement in youth.

For over sixteen years, OSTA-AECO has been a strong, effective and positive voice for students. The association is advancing the student vision today and working for the improvement of education in Ontario.

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Frequently Asked Questions


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Frequently Asked Questions


What is a student trustee?

A student trustee is essentially the same as an adult trustee but with a few subtle differences. Both trustees sit on district boards of education to pass policy and budgets to improve the quality of education in schools. Student trustees are responsible for representing students; adult trustees represent all taxpayers. Student trustees are responsible for acting as a link between students and the board. Student trustees are also members of their Student Senate, or Student Advisory Council. Student trustees may suggest motions to advance issues and may cast a non-binding vote.

What are my rights as a student trustee?

While the rights of student trustees are standard throughout the province according to the Education Act, there continues to be some inconsistent areas, particularly with regard to budgets and participation in meetings. On November 2, 2009, OSTA-AECO worked with the Ministry of Education on a memorandum to all school boards with details on student trustees' rights. Please share it with officials at your school board to ensure that you make the most out of your role.

Ministry Memorandum – 02-11-09 – Provisions With Regard to Student Trustees

What is a "Student Senate"?

A Student Senate or the Student Advisory Council is the committee designed to establish the student vision in local school boards. These committees are normally composed of representatives of each high school in a board. Senates often organize board-wide events, fundraisers, leadership conferences and awareness campaigns. OSTA-AECO strongly encourages all boards to ensure such committees function to their fullest potential.

How do I become a student trustee?

The best way to become a student trustee is to get involved in your school. Gain an understanding of what needs to be improved. Maybe work in your students' council or another group. Then inquire about how your board elects its student trustees. All boards hold elections in April; some require an application, or a speech before the student senate, and others require interviews. Talk to your principal, superintendent, or your current student trustee for more information.

I have an idea to improve education. How do I make it happen?

 If you're looking to make an improvement just at the school level, begin by speaking to your Student Council President or Principal. Student Trustees' are always accessible and ready to serve you, do not hesitate to contact your board's Student Trustee. OSTA-AECO is always happy to listen to students across Ontario and act upon their ideas. To contact the Executive Council of OSTA-AECO, please email exec@osta-aeco.org. Never be afraid to voice your opinions and ideas and know that you have a team amongst OSTA-AECO and Student Trustees' across the province ready to support you in making your idea a reality.