HALIFAX, June 26, 2013 /CNW/ - NSTU president Shelley Morse is concerned
that the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development
through its recent announcement of the Mathematics Engagement Pilot
Project is abdicating its public education responsibilities.
"Government has taken $65 million out of the public education purse in
the last two years. It is their responsibility to adequately fund
public education to ensure all students are provided with the resources
to engage and motivate them," says Morse.
The research pilot announced yesterday sees private business as partial
funders of the project along with investment from Government. "School
boards have been struggling to balance budgets and cutting staff and
resources. The money the province is putting forward could be better
spent in reducing class sizes and providing adequate resources for
every classroom," continues Morse. "Cuts over the last two years have
dramatically harmed our children's public education experience."
The Nova Scotia Teachers Union and other education partners, the Nova
Scotia Federation of Home and Schools Association (NSFHSA) and la
Fédération des parents acadiens de la Nouvelle-Écosse (FPANE), have
been encouraging the public to tell elected officials to stand up for
education and make sustainable public school funding a top issue in the
upcoming provincial election through www.StandForEducation.ca.
The Nova Scotia Teachers Union represents more than 10,000 public school
teachers, Community College faculty and professional support staff in
Nova Scotia, and teachers who work for the Atlantic Provinces Special
Education Authority in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward
Island. Since 1895, it has worked to improve the quality of public
education for children and youth in Nova Scotia, while promoting and
advancing the teaching profession.
SOURCE: Nova Scotia Teachers Union
For further information:
Angela Murray, NSTU Public Relations Coordinator
(Mobile) 902-497-0194, firstname.lastname@example.org, @NSTeachersUnion.