Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario

Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario

May 26, 2005 16:55 ET

Teachers welcome investment in libraries and librarians

Will improve student literacy Attention: Assignment Editor, City Editor, Education Editor, News Editor, Government/Political Affairs Editor TORONTO--(CCNMatthews - May 26, 2005) - Government investment in teacher-librarians, books and library resources will improve student learning, public elementary teachers said today.

"Increases in the number and variety of books and resources will enrich the learning experience for all students," said Emily Noble, president of the Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario (ETFO). "Equally important are the increased number of teacher-librarians that will result from provincial framework ETFO and the government reached in April."

Noble was reacting to Education Minister Gerard Kennedy's announcement of how increased funding for libraries and textbooks would be allocated.

A Statistics Canada study released earlier this month shows distinct advantages accrue to schools that have teacher-librarians on staff. Research also shows that spending on libraries and the presence of teacher-librarians are linked to improved student literacy.

"We urge the government to continue its focus on improving the resources and opportunities for all students," Noble said.

The Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario represents 65,000 public elementary school teachers and education workers across Ontario and is the largest teacher federation in Canada outside of Quebec.
/For further information: Johanna Brand: 416-962-3836; 416-948-2554(cell); jbrand@etfo.org / IN: EDUCATION

Contact Information

  • Emily Noble, President, Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario
    Primary Phone: 416-962-3836 ext. 2349
    Secondary Phone: 416-948-1480
    Toll-Free: 888-838-3836