HALIFAX, May 4 /CNW/ - Fourteen permanent Cape Breton teachers that
received layoff notices appeared in a hearing before the Cape
Breton-Victoria Regional School Board last night to plead their case
for reinstatement, and the Board confirmed the terminations. These
teachers have over 80 years of combined experience with the Board and
bring a high level of expertise and dedication to the classroom. All
have strong roots in the community.
"It's a very emotional experience for these teachers to stand before
their employer and to plead that their jobs not be cut," says NSTU
president Alexis Allen. "The loss of these teaching positions and the
other cuts at the Board will have a direct impact on students in the
Allen says she hopes that Education Minister Ramona Jennex will make
good on her promise to "put children and learning first" when asking
boards to cut funding for the next school year. The Minister has said
that the budget cuts were to have "minimal impact."
"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."
Forty-two probationary teachers from the Halifax Regional School Board
will appear before their school board in a similar hearing this
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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