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ETFO celebrates educators during Education Week

May 6, 2019

Toronto – The Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO) is celebrating Education Week, May 6-10, by applauding the professional skills and high-quality learning delivered by Ontario educators.

“Every single day ETFO members work to make a difference in the lives of children,” said ETFO President Sam Hammond. “I am so proud and thankful for the work of teachers, occasional teachers, early childhood educators, and educational and professional support personnel; it is because of them that we can celebrate our public education system as one of the best in the world.”

High-quality public education requires investment. The Conservative government’s plan to make deep cuts to our public schools will undermine the education that every student in this province receives. Larger classes, less funding, a decline in supports for students with special needs, and curriculum changes hurt students and compromise their learning.

To protect and grow Ontario’s public education system ETFO is asking members of the public to take action to protect and keep our world-renowned public education system working. All Ontarians can send MPPs a message about what matters most in public education. Visit  to send a message that government funding, not cuts are needed.

“As champions for our students and for public schools, educators will continue to deliver professional, quality learning, and we will also continue to advocate that this government put students first by funding high-quality public education in Ontario,” said Hammond. “That’s the best way we can celebrate and honour Education Week.”

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

For more information, contact ETFO Media Relations:
Valerie Dugale at 416-948-0195 or via email at