Budget Allocation for Education Welcome but More Needed

    TORONTO, March 25 /CNW/ - Every new dollar allocated to public education
in Ontario is welcome, but more investment is needed to ensure that elementary
students receive the quality education they deserve, say Ontario's elementary
    "We appreciate the $315 million increase in per pupil funding announced
in today's provincial budget as well as the new funding to support literacy
and numeracy and special needs students, said Elementary Teachers' Federation
of Ontario President David Clegg. "We look forward to learning the specifics
for elementary education when the 2008-09 Grants for Student Needs are
announced tomorrow."
    "But we are disappointed that the government has not yet announced a
major commitment to eliminate the elementary funding gap," said Clegg.
    Clegg explained that school boards currently receive over $700 more for
each secondary student than for each elementary student. Given that success in
the later years of a student's schooling is based on a solid foundation in the
beginning years, the underfunding of elementary schools does a great
disservice to elementary students, said Clegg.
    "We believe that the McGuinty government will not achieve its goals of
improved academic performance if it fails to aggressively address the
continued underfunding of elementary education."

    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)

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