Newly-Elected ETFO President Highlights Challenges For Elementary Teachers and Students



    TORONTO, Aug. 20 /CNW/ - Decisions made during this week's annual meeting
of the Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario (ETFO) will guide the work
of the federation over the coming years, says newly-elected ETFO President Sam
Hammond.
    Speaking to the more than 500 meeting delegates, Hammond stressed that
the resolutions approved during the meeting will require a great deal of work
to achieve a successful outcome.
    "We have committed ourselves to aggressively advancing our position that
students in junior and senior Kindergarten deserve to have a full-day program
taught by teachers. We know that this is best for children and their learning.
We know that this is what parents want. Now, we must persuade the government
that a full-day kindergarten program taught by certified teachers for the
full-day is the best solution to meet the learning needs of four- and
five-year old children," said Hammond.
    Other challenges highlighted by Hammond include closing the gap in
funding between elementary and secondary students and closing the gap in
salary between ETFO members and the members of other teacher federations in
Ontario.
    "Accountable, transparent, collaborative leadership. Equity and fairness
in representation. These are the promises I made to you Monday night. I cannot
deliver on these promises alone. I need you and I need our executive," Hammond
said.

    The Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario represents 73,000
elementary public school teachers and education workers across the province
and is the largest teacher federation in Canada.





For further information:

For further information: Larry Skory, (416) 948-0195 (cell),
lskory@etfo.org; Johanna Brand, (416) 948-2554 (cell), jbrand@etfo.org; Mary
Morison, (416) 948-3406 (cell), mmorison@etfo.org; August 17-20: ETFO Media
Centre, Sheraton Hall B, Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel, Phone: (416) 945-6296,
Fax: (416) 948-6298

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