Teachers wear black to protest increased class sizes

Hundreds of teachers across Windsor-Essex and Chatham-Kent are taking part in a silent protest of proposed changes to Ontario classrooms. The Progressive Conservative government last week announced plans to eliminate the cap on class sizes while reducing the province’s $29-billion education budget by one per cent. The teachers wasted little time protesting the plan, wearing […]

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Hamilton teachers union boss wonders if province’s goal is an educational environment or crowd control

The union representative for Hamilton’s public high school teachers says larger class sizes will not mean better education for students. Ontario Secondary School Teachers Federation (OSSTF) Local 21 President Dan Staples predicts the provincial government’s decision to increase average class sizes from 22-to-28 will be “very problematic.” He believes it will result in “upwards of […]

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Province has ‘declared war on Ontario’s public education system’: Teachers’ union

The Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation (OSSTF) says with sweeping changes to the education system announced Friday, the province has “declared war on Ontario’s public education system.” “OSSTF/FEESO’s response in defence of that system will be commensurate,” the union representing English public high school teachers said in a press release. Among the changes announced March […]

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Teacher unions blast bigger classes in Waterloo Region

WATERLOO REGION — Teacher unions blasted the Ford government over bigger classes it will impose to reduce teaching jobs and save money. “This is all about learning conditions, and this is going to make things much worse for students,” said Patrick Etmanski, local president of the Ontario English Catholic Teachers Association. “Larger class sizes mean […]

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Increasing Class Sizes A Blow To Student Learning, Teachers’ Bargaining Rights

Today’s announcement by Minister of Education Lisa Thompson was supposedly about modernizing classrooms, but in reality the government is continuing to move backward on publicly funded education and collective bargaining rights, says the Ontario English Catholic Teachers’ Association (OECTA). In particular, the intention to increase class sizes will lead to massive job losses and have […]

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Near North teachers ‘nervous, greatly concerned’

Glen Hodgson is “nervous” and “greatly concerned” after the province recommended last week Ontario school boards implement a hiring freeze. The president of the Ontario Secondary School Teachers Federation local, representing high school teachers in the Near North District School Board, calls the request irresponsible at a time when the province is downloading and cutting […]

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Ontario government recommends school boards freeze hiring

TORONTO — Ontario’s education ministry is recommending school boards freeze hiring ahead of the provincial budget and as the government consults on class sizes and hiring practices. Deputy minister Nancy Naylor sent boards a memo Thursday noting that the government implemented a hiring freeze in June and that school boards may wish to institute similar […]

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OECTA NEWS RELEASE: More education cuts hurting Ontario’s most vulnerable students

TORONTO – The Ontario English Catholic Teachers’ Association (OECTA) is extremely alarmed by a government memo to school boards, recommending that boards stop hiring teachers and other staff, including hiring needed to fill vacancies for retirements and leaves, pending further announcements on education funding. “The memo uses vague language like ‘prudence in hiring,’” says Liz […]

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Teachers free to use own judgment for sex ed, Ontario court rules as it dismisses legal challenge of curriculum

An Ontario court has dismissed a legal challenge of the government’s interim sex-education curriculum from the province’s elementary school teachers and a civil liberties group, saying educators are not restricted in developing lesson plans and can teach in a way that is inclusive of all students. The Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO) and the […]

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