Globe and Mail
Fri Sep 26 2014
By: Kate Hammer
Parents in a Toronto neighbourhood are up in arms after being notified their school catchment boundaries will change.
Children who originally were within the boundaries of an affluent school in the city’s west end will now be within the boundary of a school that teaches some of the city’s poorest students.
Parents are concerned their children’s learning will be affected, but research shows privileged children are not disadvantaged when taught alongside those less fortunate.
“This is likely the case because the majority of the variation in student achievement – approximately 70 per cent – is affected by factors outside of school over which schools have no influence,” said UBC education professor emeritus Charles Ungerleider.
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