HALIFAX, May 5 /CNW/ - Forty probationary Halifax Regional School Board
teachers that appeared in a hearing before their Board last night and
early into the morning to plead their case for reinstatement, had their
"It was a very long night for these teachers as they stood before their
employer and waited for the Board to deliberate," says NSTU president
Alexis Allen. "The loss of these teaching positions and other unknown
positions that will be cut at the Board will have a direct impact on
students, as we see class sizes at the lower elementary level
Allen says that while the province requires boards maintain the cap on
class size from Primary to Grade 3 at 25, "We already know that the
Halifax Regional School Board has increased class sizes for next fall,
and parents will see this. We know that the Board has automatically
increased class sizes to 27 regardless of whether it's the best option
to protect the quality of education in the classroom."
Using the Minister of Education's statements about cuts to education
funding, Allen says this does not "put children and learning first" and
will have more than a "minimal impact" on the system.
"The "back to balance" strategy the government asked of school boards is
decimating the system and the future of our students is severely
jeopardized," Allen says. "Teachers, parents and students are looking
to the Minister and this government to restore the balance of funding
of education in favour of students and learning."
The Nova Scotia Teachers Union represents 10,900 public school teachers
in Nova Scotia and Community College faculty and professional support
staff. Organized in 1895, its programs are directed towards improving
the quality of public education in Nova Scotia.
SOURCE NOVA SCOTIA TEACHERS UNION
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