Ontario's NDP

Ontario's NDP

September 27, 2007 19:44 ET

Hampton: End Skip-A-Thons to Fund for School Essentials

A Fair Deal: The Education Kids Deserve

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Sept. 27, 2007) - Ontario NDP Leader Howard Hampton says parents and teachers should not be forced to hold Skip-a-Thons and other fundraisers to ensure our children get the education they deserve. Joined by Ottawa-area NDP candidates, Hampton said the NDP will fix the funding formula to ensure that schools have the funds they need to give all children the education they deserve.

"Dalton McGuinty's failure to fix the broken funding formula means he's downloaded a half a billion dollars in fundraising on to hard-working families and teachers. Parents and school boards are considering "Skip-a-Thons" and selling naming rights to public schools to make up the funding gap," Hampton said.

Dalton McGuinty broke his promise to fix the funding formula forcing parents to raise $515 million in 2005-06 often to pay for essentials, including teacher salaries, educational assistants, textbooks, science labs and gyms.

Neither the McGuinty Liberals nor the Conservatives want to talk about the crisis in existing publicly funded school systems - both public and separate.

"Dalton McGuinty would have you believe everything is great in our public schools. If our schools are so great, why are so many kids with special needs waiting for the services they need? Why are classes overcrowded? And why are parents having to fundraise half a billion dollars to pay for teacher's salaries," asked Hampton.

The NDP would provide schools with the resources they need by fixing and annually reviewing the funding formula. They would also restore the Local Priorities Grant at a rate of $200 a student, as recommended by the Education Equality Task Force. Children with autism will also get the support they deserve, including Intensive Behavioural Intervention (IBI) services in classrooms.

"All kids deserve an excellent education and an equal start. Dalton McGuinty promised that, and got it wrong by not delivering. The NDP will get it right and fix the funding formula" said Hampton. "It's unfair to make parents dig into their pockets to pay for essential services in their children's schools. The size of a parent's wallet should never determine the quality of a kid's education."

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