Teachers welcome government's continued focus on class size reduction
TORONTO, Oct. 5 /CNW/ - Creating a classroom environment that allows
teachers to provide more individual attention to younger students is one of
the best strategies to ensure educational success in later years, the
president of the Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario (ETFO) said today.
ETFO President David Clegg was commenting on the Liberal government's
announcement of a new $150 million 'Every Student Fund' for students in grades
"Investing to reduce class sizes and to provide skills technology and
arts training to younger students is something we have advocated for some
time," said Clegg.
"We are particularly pleased to see that the government is committed to
reducing class sizes for all elementary students. From a return on investment
perspective, allocating resources for class size reduction can result in a
substantial payback for years to come."
Clegg pointed out that students receive more individual attention from
their teachers in smaller classes, perform better on reading and math tests,
participate more in school, and have fewer discipline problems. "Teachers have
known this for years. That's why we have consistently urged school boards and
the provincial government to reduce class sizes.
"Investing in smaller classes is one of the most positive initiatives a
government can undertake. We commend the Liberal government for their vision
and leadership for the future of public education," said Clegg.
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: David Clegg, President, ETFO, (416) 962-3836
(Office), (416) 948-1592 (Cell); Larry Skory, ETFO Communications, (416)
962-3836 (Office), (416) 948-0195 (Cell)