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These teachers prefer David

Wednesday, June 04, 2014   by: Staff



OECTA Endorses Orazietti

Ontario Liberals have a proven track record of supporting education in Sault Ste. Marie and a strong plan to build on the significant progress that has been made since 2003, announced Liberal candidate, David Orazietti.

“Our government has made unprecedented investments in the local education system,” said Orazietti. “As a teacher working under the NDP government, my colleagues and I had our collective agreements ripped up and our wages cut. The NDP record on education stands in stark contrast to our government’s, which has made the most significant investments in per pupil funding, wages and school infrastructure in decades.”

"David has been an outstanding advocate for the people of Sault Ste. Marie and area,” said Katrina Wheaton, President of the Huron Superior Catholic Teachers Association. “In the education sector, he has worked hard to bring greater resources and supports for students and teachers as well as new investments in school infrastructure. It’s important we support David so that we can continue to work together to strengthen education locally.”

“It’s clear that the NDP do not have a solid plan for education in Ontario,” said Darrell Czop, Vice President of the Huron Superior Catholic Teachers Association. “The NDP put progress in our schools at risk when they rejected the progressive measures outlined in 2014 Budget, and now they are putting our education system at even greater risk by giving the PC’s the opportunity to make dramatic cuts that would harm students, teachers and parents.”  

Under the Liberals, local education funding has increased by 70%, which has helped to reduce class sizes, improve test scores and protect 208 teacher and support staff positions, despite a decline in enrollment of over 5,000 students at local school boards.

The Liberal government has invested over $130 million since 2003 to build five new schools in Sault Ste. Marie.

The Liberal plan for education includes the following commitments to support students and teachers:

  • $150 million for new technology and learning tools in schools
  • $58 million for Student Nutrition Program for an additional 56,000 children
  • Saving families up to $6,500 a year in child care costs through Full Day Kindergarten
  • Improving math scores by implementing our Math Action Plan

Prior to rejecting these important improvements to the education system, the NDP voted against new school infrastructure as well as funding for Full-Day Kindergarten, which is currently available at all schools in Sault Ste. Marie.

The last time they were in government, the NDP increased class sizes, cut teacher wages by imposing the social contract, and built no new schools.


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ShawnM 6/4/2014 2:34:48 PM Report

Wow way to make the PC's point about bloated government jobs...

"Under the Liberals, local education funding has increased by 70%, which has helped to reduce class sizes, improve test scores and protect 208 teacher and support staff positions, despite a decline in enrollment of over 5,000 students at local school boards."

So we have 5000 less students but we have not cut any jobs, no wonder we are in the debit we are in. If this was a business you would be bankrupt.
Mr. Poster 6/4/2014 2:46:52 PM Report

Cuts need to start at the board many supers do they really need?
Prrrrrrr 6/4/2014 2:48:53 PM Report

Exactly....spend,spend,spend....whose going to pay for all that? Taxpayers....PC/NDP at least are realistic. I am leaning towards PC after watching the debate in Torinto last night. They are telling the truth, there is no money....time to start cutting the fat in this province!
sooboy 6/4/2014 2:57:44 PM Report

Ontario already owes at least 257 Billion and if the Liberals and NDP keeping adding to it eventually investors will no longer loan any money to the gov unless thousands of teachers, police, ont gov workers etc get fired and the ones that remain will have their wages slashed.
Mike58 6/4/2014 3:04:18 PM Report

What do teachers know anyway.... They believe their fore-fathers came from apes !!!
Mike58 6/4/2014 3:06:20 PM Report

Although I do see a resemblance in Orazietti... just sayin'
northkidd2 6/4/2014 3:12:41 PM Report

Firstly I would like to say, as a member of OECTA, our Provincial mandate was to support any Liberal or NDP candidate who currently holds a seat in Parliament. (The PCs platform is not one of support for our students in our schools, our future)
Our Local OECTA unit has been encouraging its members to do their homework, become educated and get to the polls to vote. There is by no means any pressure to vote one way of the other…all they are asking is that we make an informed decision.
Secondly, I also need to respond to a couple of the prior comments. It is quite clear you do not understand how the education sector works. Although there has been declining enrolment across the province in a majority of school boards, the support of the students and high level of programming has not been jeopardized with the Liberals in power. The PCs plan to cut funding which will result in a substandard education system. How do you plan on preparing a solid future of our province if our youth are not provided with the best education possible. And that is a fact, Ontario is in the top 3 education systems in English speaking countries. We were no where near that 12 years ago when the PCs were in power. Time to keep moving forward...
doucher 6/4/2014 3:17:38 PM Report

Mike58 Humans didn't "come from apes". We share a common ancestor.
mosquitos 6/4/2014 3:25:23 PM Report

Work for the government and to hell with the rest of us. Communism in disguise. Wynne wants to be a partner in business, with whose money? Not hers! The Liberals disgust me and will never balance the budget.
derek 6/4/2014 3:49:39 PM Report

All parties are bad. No one political party will right the ship to what we all want. The clear alternative is Liberal and I'm a PC minded person. Unfortunately, slash and burn doesn't work. We all know this to be true. We can't afford to cut Health care and Education. Simply make branches of government responsible or accountable to balance the books just like SAH Ron G did. There are ways of doing this without chopping services or well paying jobs. I am not an "O" fan but under Liberals he has brought much needed cash/services to a one horse pony town(Essar). New schools. New hospital.. Which we all be proud of.

To be 3 rd in English speaking world in Education is something to be proud of as a leader like Canada is!

How about people be proud for once and happy with what you have!

No government can give you individual success!

Work harder to have more...Governments need to stay out of the way. Like the old days.
irishfey 6/4/2014 4:25:59 PM Report

Get more jobs out there for the people and pay them a decent wage and they can feed their own kids!!!
HONEST1 6/4/2014 4:34:12 PM Report

Darrell give me a break you mean a 70% increase in pay over the last ten years. Protect teachers jobs. If a teacher loses a position it's because there not needed. No different then in the real working world. We need to cut more teacher jobs and save the tax payers money. The whole education system is a mess thanks to the Liberals and save the tax payers money.
d'sbored 6/4/2014 4:49:42 PM Report

There is a dire need for more supports in the classroom. Children do not get extra assistance or else they fall under the Autism spectrum or have a behavioural disorder. So many kids with learning disabilities get no extra support and are not even diagnosed or tested until grade 4. These kids are forced to do EQAO testing which cost millions of dollars and they can't even read or barely write. Education starts at home but sometimes the supports are not there. The teachers are being blamed for being poor teachers when in most cases this is not the case. All kids learn differently and some need modified work. This province needs to provide more money for Educational Assistants, as I have first-hand experience working in the system. I believe every classroom needs one. Imagine having 6 or 7 unidentified behavioral children in your class and trying to teach. So much valuable time is wasted on managing the behaviours. Spend the money now because they are our future who will rely on our Social Welfare System as adults. It's as though we weed out the weak!
Justin Tetreault 6/4/2014 5:16:04 PM Report

A 70% increase in funding doesn't mean a 70% increase in pay. It means that there were more textbooks, computers, educational support workers, etc. Also, just because enrollment has declined doesn't mean the school's fixed costs are any cheaper.
marlinfan 6/4/2014 5:59:22 PM Report

As in any election, people will vote with their pocket book...If you receive your income directly from the government or affiliated with a Union of some sort, you will most likely vote for a LIB or NDP candidate. If you are a member of the private sector, you want to see balanced books and reduced tax burdens and will most likely vote PC.

Either way get out and vote...
LAWL 6/4/2014 6:25:22 PM Report

It is time to rim the fat. Over valued, over payed government workers.
girlygirl123 6/4/2014 6:53:10 PM Report

Who are they trying to convince the support for our children in school is there. I know first hand there is no support at all. These days kids get put true the education system like sheep's that are being shorn. It does not mater if they understand mathematics and end up with a 40% no one fails or when they don't go to school but 2 days a week no one fails . No longer if days are missed u need to make up that homework or to low of grades you have to repeat classes. Lets not forget when our kids get out they don't need to know how to write, just print you name you are almost 18. There was no need for these supper schools, waste of money. No Need for all those administration staff, we have 2 schools in one. who said they making education better. Wow give it up on trying to convince us that this is better. Our kids are less educated now than I was many years ago. I can sign my name and figure out what 13% is on items I purchase in my head and I can read a simple clock that is not digital.
Sets 6/4/2014 7:04:07 PM Report

Bringing the two comments together (70% increase in spending....some coming from teacher wages) and bringing in support staff ( ...every classroom needs one. Imagine having 6 or 7 unidentified behavioral children in your class and trying to teach).
Great idea to better educate our children...having at least one Educational assistant for every teacher and wages are spit accordingly. Teachers get less because of the decrease in burdens...and the students get educated!
Hard then to argue that students are suffering...a point always raised during teacher contract negotiations.
Look at almost every statement made by union representatives and the student needs or lack of are mentioned first.
soowat 6/4/2014 7:42:25 PM Report


Obviously the education system of your day failed you. Otherwise how do you explain your laughable demonstration of illiteracy?

The sentence you wrote,"These days kids get put true the education system like sheep's that are being shorn." is a truly hilarious example.
eadiecougs 6/5/2014 1:20:01 AM Report

soowat give her a break she is telling the truth they cant add without a computer.these teacher's
seen in the pic make hundred thousand which is a joke.
Me Myself an I 6/5/2014 6:43:45 AM Report

@marlinfan And when you say ease the tax burden you mean for the corporations right? Because we the common folk will never see a tax break
bubba2006 6/5/2014 7:42:41 AM Report

I think there is something FUNDAMENTALLY wrong when a publically funded group, such as a School Board, publically endorsing a POLITICAL party. I am disappointed that a policy is not in place to prevent a teacher's association or a Director of Education from publically appearing in POLITICAL photo opps.
bubba2006 6/5/2014 7:47:15 AM Report

to inform the voting public...
80% of a school board budget goes to WAGES...not to your kids. Redundant system with 2 boards? What do u think I think of the LIBERALS? Out to protect their pocket books at the expense of your tax dollars!
Twistinwrenches 6/5/2014 7:57:15 AM Report

Our province cannot withstand any more Liberal rule . They steal our money , jack up our power rates , give in to every public sector union demands , raise your taxes . The private sector economy cannot support this any longer . There are dark days ahead if they get re-elected .
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