Putting Education Back on the Agenda

TORONTO, Sept. 6, 2011 /CNW/ - With the return of school comes a renewed focus on education.  The Ontario English Catholic Teachers' Association (OECTA) wants Ontario families to maintain that focus right up until Election Day on October 6, and vote for an education friendly Legislature.

Making educational issues a priority in this provincial election is essential to continue building on the improvements that have benefitted students across Ontario.

"As an Association, we are looking forward to continued dialogue on education - where Ontario's education system is, where the province is going and what we all need to do to get there," said Kevin O'Dwyer, OECTA president. "We are committed to doing our part to emphasize education as key to the health, wealth and progress in Ontario's economy and society."

Of the various political party platforms that have been released to date, only the Liberal platform addresses these goals.

"We are pleased to see a continued commitment to education and the measured approach to initiatives in the Liberal platform," said O'Dwyer. "Their initiatives enhance the great work of our schools and recognize the next level of learning. Working collaboratively will be critical to the successful implementation of these initiatives and will further benefit the education system."

The Liberal party platform also reflects many of the key policy recommendations made by OECTA in their document Speak For Children: A Plan for a Stronger Ontario, including continued focus on reducing child poverty.  Read OECTA's full plan at www.speakforchildren.ca

Your vote is your voice.
On October 6 - we all Speak for Children!

Learn more about OECTA at www.OECTA.on.ca or visit us on Facebook or Twitter. Visit www.speakforchildren.ca to learn more about how Ontario's education system is on the right track.

OECTA represents 45,000 professional women and men who teach all grades in publicly funded English Catholic schools in Ontario.

SOURCE Ontario English Catholic Teachers' Association

For further information:

Michelle Despault
Director of Communications
Office 416-925-2493 xtn 509
Cell 416-818-7533
m.despault@oecta.on.ca

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