OSSTF/FEESO - Ontario Secondary School Teachers' Federation

OSSTF/FEESO - Ontario Secondary School Teachers' Federation

March 08, 2008 13:55 ET

OSSTF President Tells Government Education is Ontario's Best Investment

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - March 8, 2008) - In his first address to the Annual Meeting of the Provincial Assembly (AMPA) as president of the Ontario Secondary Teachers' Federation (OSSTF), Ken Coran told the more than 600 delegates that while the McGuinty government has done a lot to restore funding in education it still needs to fund and implement the Students First Plan which lays the foundation for providing the supports every student needs to succeed. OSSTF's annual meeting is being held at the Sheraton Centre in downtown Toronto from March 8 to 10.

"The Liberals have supported many of the positions in the OSSTF Students First Plan and have implemented positive changes in education but there is still work to be done. We will continue lobbying the government until the full plan is implemented. We will also continue to remind the government that education is Ontario's best investment," said Coran.

"We have just released an independent research report that outlines the critical elements of a best practice model for the delivery of support services to students that are not luxuries, but indeed requirements to help them succeed. Once more, the research confirms that the full educational team can make a difference for all students when it is properly funded and implemented.

"Although funding to education has been increased, OSSTF's pre-budget submission suggests several areas where future investment is needed to ensure student achievement and success. If we want a strong economy and an educated and skilled work force, we have to invest in the staff, programs and resources that will produce those results.

"The Liberal government has taken initial steps to investigate the assessment and evaluation policies that are currently in practice. It will be making recommendations for revisions after a full review and consultation process with stakeholders in education. OSSTF believes this is a step in the right direction to ensure students are earning credits which will serve them well as they move forward in their education and strive to achieve their goals. OSSTF believes that maintaining the integrity of high school credits, offering real supports for students and trusting teachers with the assessment of students is the only way to ensure real student success," he concluded.

OSSTF/FEESO, founded in 1919, has 60,000 members across Ontario. They include public high school teachers, occasional teachers, educational assistants, continuing education teachers and instructors, psychologists, secretaries, speech-language pathologists, social workers, plant support personnel, attendance counsellors, and many others in education.

Contact Information

  • Ontario Secondary School Teachers' Federation
    Lori Foote
    Director, Communications/Political Action Department
    (Cell) 647-393-9149