HALIFAX, Feb. 23, 2012 /CNW/ - The government's latest cut to school
board funding is going to be felt by every student in Nova Scotia, say
representatives from parent and teacher groups.
The Nova Scotia Federation of Home and School Associations (NSFHSA), la
Fédération des parents acadiens de la Nouvelle-Écosse (FPANE) and the
Nova Scotia Teachers Union (NSTU) have joined together in a campaign
called Cut to the Core. Advertisements on TV, radio, the Internet,
billboards, newspapers and buses urge everyone concerned about
education to sign a petition.
"Education may not be a priority for this government, but it certainly
is for the Nova Scotia public," says NSTU president Alexis Allen. "Last
year we lost 343 teaching positions, and with the budget cuts facing
boards again this year we will lose another 350. That will mean larger
class sizes and less support for students who need it most."
"Parents are already digging into their own pockets to pay for things
that schools just don't have a budget for anymore," says Vanda Dow,
NSFHA president. "I hear from parents every day who see the effect of
last year's cuts in the classroom. It is impossible to cut the budget
anymore and not have our students' education suffer."
Even though enrollment in French schools is on the rise, parents still
have reason for concern.
"Last year's added funding was not enough to accommodate the extra
students," says Natalie Aucoin of FPANE. "This is not just education,
but our culture that is in jeopardy."
Nova Scotia is already second-lowest in Canada in per-pupil funding. The
Cut to the Core campaign asks everyone to sign a petition at kidsnotcuts.ca. The ads began running February 14 and already almost 6,000 people have
signed their names.
"People are sending a strong message that enough is enough," says Allen.
SOURCE NOVA SCOTIA TEACHERS UNION
For further information:
Mary Jane Webber, NSTU Public Relations Coordinator
Telephone: 902-479-4708, Cell: 902-497-0194, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Vanda Dow, President, Nova Scotia Federation of Home and School Associations
Telephone: 902-847-4450, Email: email@example.com
Natalie Natalie Aucoin, Directrice générale, Fédération des parents acadiens de la Nouvelle-Écosse
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