Dalton McGuinty served as Ontario's 24th Premier from 2003 - 2013, during which time he was known as the "Education Premier". By way of background, Ontario's public education system for elementary and secondary school students has roughly 5000 schools, 120,000 teachers and over 2 million students with an operating budget of $24 billion. The McGuinty government introduced North America’s first full-day kindergarten program, reduced class sizes, hired more teachers, provided them with better training, and implemented a program dramatically improving test scores and graduation rates. Test scores increased from 54 to 71 per cent of students achieving the Ontario standard. The graduation rate rose from 68 to 84 per cent. Ontario is home to 20 publicly funded universities and 24 publicly funded colleges serving more than 570,000 students. Premier McGuinty increased university enrollment by 26 per cent, invested $4 billion in new classrooms and facilities, and introduced the "30% Off Ontario Tuition" grant. Ontario now has the highest post-secondary attainment rate in the OECD. Since leaving government, Mr. McGuinty has continued to focus on education and Ontario's future leaders. He completed a fellowship at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs at Harvard University. He serves as Special Advisor to the President of Desire2Learn, an education technology company. Mr. McGuinty serves as a Senior Fellow at the University of Toronto and at Carleton University, Ottawa, and sits on the Board at Canadian University Dubai. In addition, Mr. McGuinty serves on a number of corporate Boards in the construction and renewable energy sectors. He also serves on the Board at the University of Ottawa Heart Institute.
Ontario's 24th Premier
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