McGuinty Marks Progress By Visiting New Classroom In New Addition Of
STRATFORD, ON, Sept. 13 /CNW/ - Premier Dalton McGuinty brought his
campaign to a new classroom in a new addition at Bedford Public School today
to highlight the progress that's at stake in the October 10th election.
"Our agenda is to lead a provincewide renaissance in publicly funded
education, and thanks to parents, teachers and students working together,
we're making progress at schools like Bedford," McGuinty said.
"But we need to stay focused on publicly funded schools, and keep moving
forward. And that's why the Conservatives' ill-conceived plan to take half a
billion dollars out of publicly funded schools, to put that money into
private, religious schools, is a threat to the progress we've made, and a
threat to the progress we need to make in the years ahead."
This September, a new addition opened at Bedford Public School, with four
new classrooms dedicated to the primary grades as part of the province's plan
to reduce class size.
"With a new mandate, we'll continue to invest an additional $3.1 billion
a year by 2011, add critical support for Grade 4 to 8 students, and expand
homework help for all students," McGuinty said.
"These are just some of the key steps forward in the renaissance of
publicly funded education that we're striving to achieve."
The Ontario Liberal platform, Moving Forward Together, says we will:
- Continue to improve the funding formula to ensure schools have the
resources they need to continually improve student achievement;
- Create a $150 million Every Student Fund for students in Grades 4-8,
which will enable strategic class size reductions, ensure a
successful transition for struggling Grade 7 and 8 students, and
support individualized learning in areas like arts and skills
- And provide homework help for every student online or from a tutor
available before school, after school and on weekends.
The Ontario Liberal government is investing $3.7 billion more in
education than the previous Conservative government. Of the new funding, $406
million is dedicated to providing 5,140 primary teachers to reduce class
In 2003-04, 31 per cent of primary classes were at 20 students or under.
By 2006-07, that had more than doubled, with over 200,000 more students in
classes of 20 students or under. Boards are still finalizing their classes for
this year, but their preliminary plans show that they are on track to reach 90
This year, Bedford students in English stream classes in JK to Grade 3
are in classes of 20, 20, 22, 19, 19 and 20 students, respectively. Students
in French immersion classes in JK to 3 are in classes of 19, 19, 19, 19 and 20
students, while one Grade 3/4 class has 23 students.
Class sizes in the primary grades in the school have been coming down
since 2003-04, when there were classes of 20, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 24, 25, and
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