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Algoma teachers give Celia and Michael a passing grade

Wednesday, June 11, 2014   by: SooToday.com Staff

NEWS RELEASE

ONTARIO SECONDARY
SCHOOL TEACHERS FEDERATION
 
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Wanted: The best education in the world
 
“We have clearly heard from education stakeholders that public education is an investment that creates social and economic benefits for all citizens . . . public education is the great social equalizer . . . a properly funded system gives equal access to an education for all regardless of income, ethnic background or beliefs . . . Public education cannot be regarded as just another budget line to be cut.” - Paul Elliott, President of Ontario Secondary School Teacher's Federation.

On June 12 Ontarians will head to the polls to elect a new provincial government. 

Both the Liberal and the Progressive Conservative party are planning to make cuts to education. 

Celia Ross and the NDP are committed to preserving the integrity of public education.

These cuts will come at a time when Ontario needs to maintain a public education system that attracts highly trained professionals working in a system that prepares young people for the 21st century.

Currently, Ontario has an education system that is the envy of the world. 

Without a well-funded education system, young families in Ontario will suffer by not having equal access to a high quality education. 

In the end, the vulnerable will suffer and more people will enter a cycle of poverty. 

Recently, the Hudak Conservatives announced that they would increase class sizes and lay off educational assistants.  The Liberals have committed to cut the Grants for Student Needs.  These political policies are threatening to erase the improvements in education made since the Harris era.  The NDP party is the only political party that is firmly committed to providing a high quality public education system that benefits all Ontarians.

The Ontario Secondary School Teacher's Federation is supporting Celia Ross of the NDP for the Sault Ste. Marie riding and Michael Mantha for the Algoma - Manitoulin riding.

OSSTF/FEESO District 2 represents 1200 Education Workers in the Algoma District

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MYPOINT 6/12/2014 7:06:48 AM Report

David O has got to GO
PC Fremlin might be nice but at what price?
This is to say .. NDP all the way

Your views may differ :)
Gurpy 6/12/2014 7:30:36 AM Report

Mypoint
I`m with you all the way! NDP ONLY! Had enough of the wannabe`s!
Number One Son 6/12/2014 9:38:44 AM Report

Sad that they fail or refuse to remember how the teachers got screwed during the NDP Bob Rae years. This is only the union speaking for the teachers, ... I know enough of the rank and file teachers know better than to follow this bogus bunch of leaders.
MYPOINT 6/12/2014 10:28:15 AM Report

@ NUMBER ONE SON

Yes indeed, Teachers got screwed around by the PC's and the LIEBERALS !

My niece is a Teacher who almost lost her home due to the ineptness of the Liberals when it came to FREEZING her pay ( among other things ) and yet David O. ( a former Teacher himself ) voted along party lines to her dismay. Do you think the Teachers in the Sault have forgotten how he voted when it came to them and their jobs? I doubt it very much !!

Nurses also got screwed around by the PC's and the LIEBERALS! That little toad HUKAK of the PC party will FREEZE their pays again even after the LIEBERALS have already FROZEN our Nurse's pays for the past 4 full years!

David O. has to GO
PC Fremlin is nice - but at what price?
This is to say - NDP all the way !

Your views may differ :)
All Is Well 6/12/2014 11:29:59 AM Report

Mypoint, it was the teacher union who wanted the extra money, put children in the middle and used them as pawns. Wage freeze vs. layoffs. Perhaps you would be arguing about your daughter losing her job instead of almost and could haves.
But that is just my opinion. But don't worry, a vote for the NDP is a vote for Hudak and hopefully, with enough seniority you won't have to make to make the layoff argument. It will just be her fellow teachers with the pink slips.
Cornelius Suttree 6/12/2014 11:56:57 AM Report

All is Well,

Just remember,that by passing Bill 115, the government imposed contracts on teachers who were willing to accept a two-year wage freeze. Furthermore, the Liberal government chose to slash the pay of younger teachers by both freezing their wages and freezing them on the grid. This cut in remuneration comes at a time when young people are facing astronomical expenses when it comes to post-secondary education and housing. In essence, education workers had their Charter Rights revoked just because they were in education (the matter is presently before the courts). I am merely contending your point that teachers used students as pawns. Instead, I would say that the provincial Liberals bullied teachers and are the real cause of the chaos in Ontario education this year.Considering the above, the OSSTF simply cannot, in good conscience, back a party that has been so disrespectful.
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