June 6, 2019
Toronto, ON – The Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO) has given the Ford Conservative government failing grades for education, public services and putting people first during its first year in office.
“In one year, the Conservative government has created needless chaos in Ontario’s world-class public education system to the detriment of students, families and educators,” said ETFO President Sam Hammond.
“This government deserves an ‘F’ for its education plan. How are deep funding cuts, larger class sizes, eliminating thousands of teacher and education worker positions, downloading responsibility for children with autism to school boards and reducing front-line supports for children with special needs providing a better future for students?”
The Conservative government’s attempted roll-back of the Health and Physical Education Curriculum has been a real threat to student safety and inclusion in elementary classrooms. The parent ‘snitch’ line was a direct affront to teacher professionalism as is the government’s plan to water down Regulation 274 which enforces fair hiring practices by school boards.
“The Conservative government also gets an ‘F’ for severe cuts to other public services including health care, child care, children and family services, libraries and proposed legislation that would violate the democratic rights of public sector workers to free collective bargaining; all this while offering corporations further tax breaks of $1.4 billion this year,” added Hammond.
Hammond stated that “Ontario doesn’t have a spending problem; it has a revenue problem. Ontario has the lowest per capita spending on public services and collects the lowest per capita revenues of any province.”
“Children and families should not have to pay for government cuts. The generosity this government has shown to its corporate backers by comparison is ample evidence that it is not governing ‘for the people’.”
ETFO represents 83,000 elementary public school teachers, occasional teachers and education professionals across the province. Its Building Better Schools education agenda can be viewed at www.BuildingBetterSchools.ca.
For more information, contact ETFO Media Relations:Valerie Dugale, 1-888-838-3836 x2331, cell: 416-948-0195, firstname.lastname@example.org #Fordisfailing