Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario

Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario

March 23, 2006 17:34 ET

Elementary teachers laud government commitment to public education

ETFO supports Aboriginal literacy initiatives Attention: Assignment Editor, City Editor, Education Editor, News Editor, Government/Political Affairs Editor TORONTO/ON/ ONTARIO BUDGET--(CCNMatthews - March 23, 2006) - Elementary public school teachers are pleased the Ontario budget released today maintains the government's commitment to improving public education. We know there will be more information about education funding when the Ministry of Education announces the 2006-07 grants to school boards later this spring.

"Today's budget indicates the McGuinty government is keeping its promise to reduce primary class size," said David Clegg, first vice-president of the Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario (ETFO). "The government is also increasing the number of elementary specialist teachers - teachers who provide programs in the arts, music and physical education."

ETFO also applauds the investment in Aboriginal literacy initiatives contained in today's provincial budget. "Aboriginal children need access to more books and learning materials of all kinds," Clegg said. "We know that lack of resources is one of the factors that has hampered their educational success.

"We commend the government for committing $800,000 to support the Lieutenant Governor's summer literacy camps," Clegg said. "This is an initiative ETFO also supports."

The budget has provided some breathing room to organizations, school boards, and municipalities that have begun building new child care spaces, Clegg noted. It protects 14,000 spaces currently under development.

ETFO supports the government's Best Start initiatives and has been among the groups pressuring the federal government to reverse its decision to cancel the federal-provincial child care agreements.

The Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario represents 70,000 public elementary teachers and education workers across Ontario and is the largest teacher federation in Canada outside Quebec.
/For further information: David Clegg, First Vice-President; 416-962-3836 Ext. 2347; 416-948-1592(cell); Johanna Brand, 416-962-3836 Ext. 2339; 416-948-2554 (cell); jbrand@etfo.org

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