HALIFAX, April 26 /CNW/ - Halifax students are the losers in the latest
round of education cuts, says NSTU president Alexis Allen. The Halifax
Regional School Board (HRSB) is laying off 44 probationary teachers. At
this time the NSTU does not have the total number of full-time
positions that will be lost at the Board due to funding cuts.
Last week 14 permanent teachers were given layoff notices in the Cape
Breton-Victoria School Board as part of an overall reduction of 63
"This loss of teachers will be felt in the classroom," says Allen. "Nova
Scotia is already at the low end of per pupil spending compared to
other provinces. This puts more pressure on a system already
The NSTU had hoped Education Minister Ramona Jennex would make good on
her promise earlier this year 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."
"This is not minimal," says Allen. "We're talking about larger class
sizes, more combined classrooms, and fewer supports for students. We've
already seen HRSB cut the Youth Pathways and Transitions program. The
progress we've been making at addressing the diverse learning needs of
all students will be lost."
The cuts to this year's education budget total more than $35 million.
"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. "Why not use some of the province's
$400-million surplus to maintain excellence in the classroom?"
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
For further information:
Angela Murray, NSTU Public Relations Coordinator
Phone: 902-479-4708 Cell: 902-497-0194