TORONTO, Feb. 16, 2012 /CNW/ - Ontario Teachers' Federation President
Francine LeBlanc-Lebel is confident that the McGuinty Government will
protect Ontario's students when it comes to responding to the Drummond Report.
"The McGuinty Government has been very supportive of the education
system in the Province, and that support has been paying dividends,"
LeBlanc-Lebel said. "Investing in education is critical to the
long-term success of Ontario. The report, in fact, states that, 'A
strong education system is critical to Ontario's prosperity and global
The report recommends that the education sector continue the focus on
three key goals: Improving student achievement, closing gaps in such
achievement and increasing confidence in the publicly funded education
system. "We strongly agree with this continued focus," said
LeBlanc-Lebel. "However, many recommendations in the report, if
implemented, would simply roll back successes that have been achieved
to date, rather than moving education forward in a positive direction."
OTF will be reviewing the report in more detail and expects the
Government to engage all stakeholders in further discussions. "Ontario
students represent our future, and we trust the Government will be
looking for ways to enhance the delivery of education in the Province."
The Ontario Teachers' Federation is the advocate for the teaching
profession in Ontario and for its 160,000 teachers. OTF members are
full-time, part-time and occasional teachers in all the publicly
funded schools in the province—elementary, secondary, public, Catholic
SOURCE Ontario Teachers' Federation
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