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ETFO urges investment for Ontario schools

March 1, 2019

Toronto - The Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario, (ETFO) urges the government to refrain from making cuts to an education system that clearly needs investment.

“Our public education system is in critical need of investment and care; reductions or freezes at any school board will have an impact on the entire public education system,” said Sam Hammond, ETFO President. “Simply put, it is not fair to saddle students with overcrowded classrooms, or to reduce individual student time with teaching professionals or further reduce support structures for students.”

As the largest representative of elementary educators in Ontario, ETFO is very concerned about the short- and long-term impacts that freezes or cuts will have on children in the province.

The Federation is adamant that the government must comply with the funding negotiated in the ETFO collective agreements. This funding provides for class size reduction and supports for students with special needs. These agreements were negotiated in good faith and benefit Ontario students.

The Ministry of Education released a memo on February 28, 2019 to all school boards indicating that they should defer filling vacancies until after March 15, when Ontarians will receive an update on the government’s plans for education. ETFO is concerned that this memo indicates that the government is seeking to remove significant sums of money out of the education budget.

Hammond added, “This government should invest in the future of children in Ontario and in our public schools. This is about establishing children as a priority and making a political choice to not simply ignore the fundamental issues that have already plagued our schools.”

The Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario represents 83,000 elementary public school teachers and education professionals across the province. For more information on the union’s position to build better schools please visit BuildingBetterSchools.ca.

For more information, contact ETFO Media Relations: Denise Hammond dhammond@etfo.org or via cell at 416-948-2428.