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Are Private Schools Protecting Your Kids? Ontario Education Law Does Not Require It.

Seven percent of Ontario children attend private schools , often because their parents believe they will get a superior education. Those parents rarely understand that  Ontario Education Law allows those private schools to operate outside the standards required of public schools.  Many of the rights that public school students enjoy, such as protection from bullying, certified teachers, standardized discipline and formal assistance for special needs, just do not exist in private schools.  While some private schools exceed public school standards, others do not.  a culture of secrecy can exist at private schools that can hide the suffering of students, even from parents and, as the St. Michael’s College School Scandal showed, from the police. 


The Weekly with Wendy Mesley takes an in-depth look at the difference in protections offers to students in private and public schools and how private schools operate with almost no regulation.  Wendy speaks to Education Lawyer, John Schuman, about just how little education law and government oversight applies to private schools and what that means to the students to attend them.  This is critical information for every parent to understand when considering a private school education for their child. 


More information about Ontario Education Law is available on this page.  For additional information about education law, or to get legal help or protection for your child, contact Education Lawyer, John Schuman, call 416-446-5869 or use the contact form below.  You can also comment on this story and video, or share it on your social network using the buttons below.  Sharing is one of the best ways to make sure people who need this information get it.


Why Ontario Private Schools Don’t Have the Same Requirements as Public Schools - Including the Duty to Report Child Abuse



Hundreds of thousands of Ontario Children attend school at Ontario Private Schools.   Despite how many private schools operate in Ontario and how many children attend them, most parents are surprised to learn that Ontario’s Education Act creates almost no rules for private schools.  They do not have to create safe environment for the students, they do not have to hire certified teachers, they do not have to combat bullying.   After covering events in the scandal at St. Michaels’ College School, the Global News Team, explains the very few requirements Private Schools do have to meet.  Then at 28 minutes, Education Lawyer,  John Schuman, explains why private schools may not even have to report some types of child abuse (including sexual child abuse). 


For more on how the rules are different for public and private schools, read this page, which has even more videos explaining these issues. 


Parents frequently do not understand what rights there children have in private schools, or public schools, or how to best protect their children while at school. To contact Education Lawyer, John Schuman, call 416-446-5869 or use the contact form below.  You can also comment on this story and video, or share it on your social network using the buttons below.  Sharing is one of the best ways to make sure people who need this information get it.


John Schuman on The National


The scandal at St. Michael’s College surprised many parents, and many more were shocked at how basic rules the apply to public schools, do not apply to private school.  John Schuman appeared on CBC’s The National, again, in this continuing coverage of the scandal. 


Parents frequently do not understand what rights there children have in private schools, or public schools, or how to best protect their children while at school. To contact Education Lawyer, John Schuman, call 416-446-5869 or use the contact form below.  You can also comment on this story and video, or share it on your social network using the buttons below.  Sharing is one of the best ways to make sure people who need this information get it.



Bullying at Ontario Private School

Bullying and “hazing” has, unfortunately, been a part of school culture for a long time.  This story from a Global News, featuring an interview with Education Lawyer, John Schuman, discusses not only the incident, but the legal responsibilities of schools and educators.  Education Law does create a responsibility for schools to address bullying.  However, the legal requirements for public and private schools in Ontario are very different. Parents need to understand the differences and be cautious when enrolling children in private schools to ensure their children get benefits of a private school education without any serious downsides. John spoke to CBC News Network’s Andrew Nichols about how schools should respond to bullying and how private schools can take a different approach.  That video is below:



This is not the first time that John Schuman has been involved in a serious bullying case.  He spoke to CBC about the serious harm inflicted on a child by bullying at Ontario Public School.  Bullying is never OK, and it is always important to raise the problem with the school immediately. But, when a child has suffered serious physical, emotional or psychological harm due to bullying, it is time to speak to an Education Lawyer to make sure the student gets the supports he or she needs and is able, not only to attend school, but to feel safe and learn there.


To see more about this particular incident, watch this CityTV News Story.


To contact Education Lawyer, John Schuman, call 416-446-5869 or use the contact form below.  You can also comment on this story and video, or share it on your social network using the buttons below.  Sharing is one of the best ways to make sure people who need this information get it.


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