Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario

Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario

May 30, 2005 15:51 ET

INVESTMENTS IN ELEMENTARY EDUCATION

INVESTMENTS IN ELEMENTARY EDUCATION WELCOME, TEACHERS SAY Attention: Assignment Editor, City Editor, Education Editor, News Editor, Government/Political Affairs Editor TORONTO, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - May 30, 2005) - Elementary teachers commend the Ontario government for continuing to focus on improving public education.

"The investments to reduce primary class sizes and restore specialist teachers are important steps forward for Ontario children," said Emily Noble, president of the Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario (ETFO). "They are critical building blocks for student success."

"This government seems to understand the importance of providing a strong start for children at the beginning of their school lives," Noble said. "Smaller classes help teachers give individual attention to their students."

New funds totalling $126 million, contained in this year's budget, are expected to reduce class sizes for 70 percent of children in the primary grades-JK to grade 3.

The budget also contained funds to increase specialist teachers in elementary schools. Some 600 new specialists are to be in place in the coming academic year. That number is to increase to 2,000 by 2008-09. Details of the spending were announced today.

"The government is showing it values the importance of subject-specific knowledge in music, art, and physical education in a child's education," Noble said.

"These investments, if they continue, will help our schools recover from funding cuts made over the last decade. They have the potential to take us to a level of excellence that the citizens of Canada's largest province deserve."

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