TORONTO, March 14 /CNW/ - The Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario
(ETFO) is concerned that the Upper Canada District School Board is publicly
stating that the Board's elementary teachers are supporting the 'Upper Canada
Teachers for Kids Foundation".
"Elementary teachers in Upper Canada have not endorsed this initiative of
the Board," said ETFO president David Clegg. "We have indicated to Director of
Education David Thomas that it is erroneous and unethical for the Board to
suggest that the Foundation and its dime drive have our support."
According to Clegg, the Upper Canada Teachers' Local, through its legal
counsel, has sent a letter to Mr. Thomas requesting that the Board "cease and
desist" regarding its association of teachers with the Foundation name.
"This initiative and the suggestion that it has the support of our
members is yet another example of how the Director is out of touch with the
needs of students and elementary teachers," Clegg said.
Clegg explained that the fundraising by the Kids Foundation is
unacceptable as it lets government shirk its responsibility to adequately fund
public education. As well, fundraising raises a serious inequity in that
schools in wealthier neighbourhoods can raise more money, thus increasing the
inequities in the education experience for children.
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: David Clegg, President, ETFO, (416) 962-3836
(Office), (416) 948-1592 (Cell); Larry Skory, ETFO Communications, (416)
962-3836 (Office), (416) 948-0195 (Cell)