Anticipating Drummond's Report: Protecting Programs and Resources for the Classroom
TORONTO, Feb. 15, 2012 /CNW/ - The Ontario English Catholic Teachers'
Association (OECTA) strongly recommends that the government protect
"We know that education, like other areas of government funding, needs
to be examined to ensure that the dollars are being used responsibly,"
says Kevin O'Dwyer, OECTA President. "We encourage the government to
safeguard the learning environment of Ontario's children."
The Association, in its presentation to the Commission on Broader Public
Sector Reform and in their pre-budget submission to the Ontario
government, encouraged the government to examine education dollars
spent on initiatives not directly tied to the classroom, such as in the
areas of administration and bureaucracy. "Expenditures tied directly to
the delivery of programming for students are most cost-effective,"
Drummond has publicly suggested an increase in primary class sizes as a
cost-saving measure. Lowering class sizes are a key contributing factor
to the success of students in our schools.
"Students in smaller classes receive more attention and have greater
success in the early grades," said Michael Fullan, professor emeritus
at the University of Toronto's Ontario Institute for Studies in
Education and special advisor to Premier Dalton McGuinty. "Smaller
class size combined with improved teaching of literacy and math makes
it much more likely that students will excel in high school, graduate
and reach their full potential." Ministry of Education press release,
January 9, 2008
Furthermore, Drummond has de-valued the sound pedagogy of the full-day
Kindergarten program by calling for its elimination.
"Those places that out-educate us, will out-compete us…this is what this
is all about… it's about educating our children today, so that we can
be the strongest competitors on this continent tomorrow." Premier
McGuinty, on full-day Kindergarten, January 12, 2010, Chatham-Kent
"We have seen the impact of fiscal restraint implemented with total
disregard for what matters most in education: the classroom," says
O'Dwyer. "The government has an opportunity in its upcoming budget to
take a measured and reasonable approach that reaffirms support for our
students and the future of this province."
Learn more about OECTA on our website www.oecta.on.ca or visit us on Facebook or on
OECTA represents the 43,000 professional women and men who teach all
grades in publicly funded English Catholic schools in Ontario.
SOURCE Ontario English Catholic Teachers' Association
For further information:
Michelle Despault, Director of Communication,
OECTA, 416-925-2493 ext 509, 416-818-7533 (cell),