Catholic School Trustees Welcome Timely Announcement

    TORONTO, March 19 /CNW/ - "We congratulate the Minister of Education for
the timely announcement of the Grants for Student Needs. Receiving this
information in mid-March will greatly assist school boards in the 2007-08
budget planning process," said Paula Peroni, Vice President of the Ontario
Catholic School Trustees' Association (OCSTA).
    "Today's announcement contained news regarding a number of initiatives
that are good for Ontario students including funding to support improved
Aboriginal student outcomes and more flexible implementation guidelines to
assist boards in meeting Primary Class Size standards," explained Peroni.
    OCSTA is pleased that the Ministry of Education maintained its commitment
to funding the fourth year of the provincial framework for education and we
are encouraged by the continued priority focus on education. This announcement
does not, however, address the need for updated funding benchmarks. Funding
shortfalls in such areas as employee benefits, special education and student
transportation will create financial challenges for some school boards across
the province as they plan their budgets for 2007-08.
    OCSTA will monitor and analyze the impact of these announcements on
schools boards and will continue to work closely with the Minister of
Education to ensure that boards have the necessary resources to meet the needs
for student success.

    The Ontario Catholic School Trustees' Association is the provincial voice
for Catholic education. Founded in 1930, OCSTA represents Catholic school
boards that collectively educate more than 600,000 students in Ontario, from
Junior Kindergarten to Grade 12.

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