Ontario teachers’ union says increased class sizes could result in thousands of lost jobs, vows to fight the changes

The Ontario government’s plan to increase high-school class sizes will result in the loss of thousands of education positions, says the head of the secondary school teachers’ union which has vowed to fight the changes. Speaking at a press conference on Thursday, Harvey Bischof, the president of the Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation, said public […]

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Ontario trades announcement ‘righting a generational wrong’ in schools: PCA

The new Education that Works for You vision released by Ontario Minister of Education Lisa Thompson recently includes increasing student and parent exposure to skilled trades and promoting the trades through education. “Ontario students have experienced significant success through Specialist High Skills Majors and Dual Credit programs which have provided opportunities for students to experience […]

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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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