Class size reduction cited as top spending priority by majority of Canadians since 1997



    OTTAWA, July 10 /CNW Telbec/ - The Canadian public continues to rank
class size reduction as the number one spending priority in education,
according to a national public opinion poll released today by the Canadian
Teachers' Federation (CTF).
    Releasing the findings at the Federation's Annual General Meeting in
Moncton, N.B., CTF President Emily Noble explains that the issue of smaller
class sizes is not new and has kept coming to the fore as the priority among
Canadians: "In 7 of the 8 public opinion polls conducted nationally since
1995, class size reduction remained at the top of the spending priority list,
despite variations over time in the other priorities surveyed.
    "The public associates small classes with better opportunities for
success, allowing teachers to give more personal attention to students,
explains Noble. More individualized attention for students means achieving the
level of performance that matches the students' abilities and learning
skills."
    The poll also shows an all-time record support for increased government
funding for public education. When asked whether they would favour or oppose
increased funding for public elementary and secondary schools, 9 out of 10
Canadians said they would support increased government funding.
    Please follow these links for highlights
(http://www.ctf-fce.ca/e/news/2008/Factsheet-HighestPrioritySpendingAreasinPub
licEducation.pdf) and percentage breakdowns
(http://www.ctf-fce.ca/e/news/2008/Factsheet-SupportforIncreasedPublicEducatio
nFunding.pdf)
    "This support for increased government funding of education is the
highest among 10 surveys conducted on this issue since 1986. Clearly, these
findings underline the value placed by Canadians on their education and
students' performance in school."
    The National Issues in Education Poll, commissioned by CTF every
two years, examines the public's views and opinions on public education in
Canada. The poll was conducted online by Vector Research + Development Inc.
from Feb. 27 to March 11, 2008, with 2,523 Canadians throughout the country.

    CTF speaks for 220,000 teachers in Canada as their national voice on
education and related social issues. CTF membership includes Member
organizations in every province and territory in Canada as well as an
Affiliate Member in Ontario. CTF (http://www.ctf-fce.ca) is also a member of
the international body of teachers, Education International
(http://www.ei-ie.org).




For further information:

For further information: Background information: Myles Ellis, Director
of Economic and Member Services, (613) 688-4302 or (613) 899-4213 (cell);
Comments: Emily Noble, CTF President, (613) 688-4300 or (613) 899-4209 (cell);
Media contact: Francine Filion, Director of Communications, (613) 688-4314 or
(613) 899-4247 (cell)


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