TORONTO, Feb. 11, 2013 /CNW/ - The Ontario Public School Boards'
Association (OPSBA) congratulates Liz Sandals on her appointment as
Minister of Education and looks forward to working with her to build a
new relationship, one that will further strengthen the many positive
education initiatives that have made a difference for students over the
last several years.
"We are pleased that by naming Liz Sandals to this portfolio, Premier
Kathleen Wynne has chosen a respected and knowledgeable Minister who
will make it a priority to re-establish successful labour relations in
our system," said Michael Barrett, president of the Ontario Public
School Boards' Association.
OPSBA is ready to work in cooperation with Minister Sandals and this
government to advance a school system that is the best in the
English-speaking world and gives Ontario's children an outstanding
education experience in every community in the province. Together, we
will keep our focus on strengthening a vibrant publicly funded
education system, open to all and governed by democratically elected
local school boards.
As a past president of OPSBA (1998 - 2002), Liz Sandals engaged
wholeheartedly with school boards and communities to support programs
and initiatives that empower students for the twenty-first century and
developed solutions that were centered on the needs of children and
In the complex environment of educational policy development, finance
and instruction, each education partner brings unique strengths and
insights to the table. Each partner has a crucial role to play and must
respect the expertise of the other in a process that is focused on
achieving optimum learning situations for our children. OPSBA is
committed to developing a true partnership with Minister Sandals - a
partnership that is marked by cooperation, collaboration and respect.
The Ontario Public School Boards' Association advocates on behalf of the
best interests and needs of the public school system in Ontario. OPSBA
believes that the role of public education is to provide universally
accessible education opportunities for all students regardless of their
ethnic, racial or cultural backgrounds, social or economic status,
individual exceptionality, or religious preference.
SOURCE: Ontario Public School Boards' Association
For further information:
Jeff Sprang, Communications, (416) 340-2540