Elementary Teachers And English Public School Boards Put Students First



    Final Proposal Results In Agreement

    TORONTO, Feb. 12 /CNW/ -

    
    NEWS

    The Ontario Public School Boards' Association (OPSBA) and the Elementary
Teachers' Federation of Ontario (ETFO) put elementary students first by
agreeing to four more years of peace and progress.

    Both parties agreed to a final offer by the government that included:

    -   $461 million to fund a 10.4 per cent salary increase over four years
        (two per cent, two per cent, three per cent, three per cent),
        bringing the maximum salary to about $92,700
    -   $138 million to increase the amount of preparation time teachers
        have, from 200 to 240 minutes per week
    -   $40 million to hire 431 more teachers to reduce the average class
        size in grades 4 to 8
    -   $18 million to enhance professional development for elementary
        teachers
    -   $16 million to increase supervision of elementary students
    -   $13 million for 144 additional teachers in grades 7 and 8
    -   $13 million to improve benefits for teachers and working conditions
        for occasional teachers.
    

    The next step is to conduct local bargaining across the province.
Successful results locally will ensure four more years of peace and progress
for all students in Ontario, until August 2012.

    QUOTES

    "On Tuesday, I presented a new and final offer to both parties - they
deserve high praise for their consideration of our fair proposal and their
decision to accept it. When we work together in the best interests of the
students, everyone wins," said Education Minister Kathleen Wynne
(http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/general/biography/edu_minister.html).

    QUICK FACTS

    
    -   The provincial framework agreements apply to 475 collective
        agreements representing over 210,000 school board and Provincial
        Schools' employees.
    -   The provincial framework agreements provide additional supports for
        students through:

        -  Targeted class size reductions in Grades 4 to 8
        -  Additional Student Success teachers and Literacy and Numeracy
           coaches in Grades 7 and 8
        -  Additional arts and specialist teachers
        -  Expanded secondary programming

    LEARN MORE

    Find our more about provincial labour discussions
(http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/document/nr/08.07/discussion.html) and
agreements (http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/document/nr/08.07/framework.html).

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