More Funding for Education Welcomed by Elementary Teachers



    Funding grants continue to address priority education goals

    TORONTO, March 19 /CNW/ - Education funding announced today by the
province is positive news for students and teachers, says the president of the
Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario (ETFO).
    "There will be continued support in the 2007-08 school year for
additional specialist teachers, reduction in primary class size, and special
education, all of which reflect the priorities of our members," said Emily
Noble.
    Noble stressed that the government must have provisions in place to
ensure that the funding school boards receive for smaller primary classes is
fully allocated to support implementation of the primary class size cap. "The
government must also monitor the class sizes of higher elementary grades to
ensure their class sizes do not increase as the result of the primary class
size policy," she added.
    Noble said ETFO is encouraged that the government is providing
$55 million in new funding that targets areas ETFO has highlighted for some
time.
    "Additional funding through the Program Enhancement Grant to support arts
and music is a recognition that the arts are essential for nurturing students'
intellectual, social, and emotional growth," said Noble. "The Supported
Schools Allocation recognizes that small elementary schools in remote areas
have a number of challenges. No matter their size, these schools must provide
a full range of services for their students."
    ETFO also applauds the investment in First Nation, Métis, and Inuit
education, said Noble. "We know that a lack of resources is one of the key
factors that has hampered the success of aboriginal students."
    While ETFO appreciates the government's continued focus on education,
more must be done to narrow the gap in funding between elementary and
secondary students, said Noble "Investing in the early years of student
learning provides children with the skills and knowledge that lay the
foundation for a lifetime of educational success and personal fulfillment."

    The Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario represents more than
70,000 public elementary school teachers and education workers across Ontario
and is the largest teacher federation in Canada.





For further information:

For further information: Larry Skory, ETFO Communications, (416)
962-3836 (office), (416) 948-0195 (cell)

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