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Educators slam Ford’s ‘snitch line’ for teachers who defy sex ed rollback

The Ontario government is creating what critics are calling a “snitch line” for parents to report teachers who refuse to stop using the repealed 2015 sexual education curriculum.

And Doug Ford warned that educators caught breaking the rules will face consequences.

“We will not tolerate anybody using our children as pawns for grandstanding and political games,” the premier said Wednesday. “Make no mistake, if we find somebody failing to do their job, we will act.”

The warning was issued during Ford’s announcement that public consultations on a new sexual education curriculum, and other key issues, will start next month. Elementary school teachers are to abandon the curriculum introduced in 2015, which has been largely supported by educators and health groups, and revert back to old lesson plans.

On Wednesday, the Ministry of Education issued a revised interim Health and Physical Education curriculum for Grades 1 to 8, which was used between 1998 and 2014. High school students, however, will be taught the 2015 curriculum, which was introduced by the Liberals to address current issues such as same-sex marriage, gender and cyberbullying.

The government also unveiled a new website called Fortheparents.ca that is “designed to give parents a portal to provide feedback about concerns related to the curriculum.” And, if parents feel like a teacher is deliberately ignoring the curriculum, they were advised to call the Ontario College of Teachers’ Investigations and Hearing’s Department or file a complaint online.

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