Are Ontario Teachers Paid More Equitably? Do Local Variables Matter?

Xiaobin Li


This study investigated whether Ontario’s education funding reform of 1998 made teacher salaries more equitable. It also examined whether selected local variables had the same influence on teacher salaries in 2001-02 as they did in 1995-96 before the reform. Average teacher salaries before the reform in 1995-96 and after the reform in 2001-02 among school boards and among census divisions were compared to see whether the variation in teacher salaries increased or decreased. A partial correlation analysis was conducted to examine the influence on teacher salaries from local variables, which were derived from a literature review. This study finds that (a) teachers are paid more equitably today than before the reform, and (b) local variables no longer really matter, as a result of the changed provincial funding formula.

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Dolana Mogadime
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Faculty of Education, Brock University
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