Liberals Recognize the Need to Close the Gap
TORONTO, Sept. 6 /CNW/ - Elementary teachers are encouraged by the high
priority given to education in the Liberal election platform, David Clegg,
president of the Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario (ETFO) said today.
"We applaud the government's commitment to continue to rebuild our
education system by investing an additional $3.1 billion annually by 2011,"
"The Liberal platform is progressive and builds on what we have advocated
in the past," said Clegg, citing reduced class sizes in grades 4-8 and more
individualized arts and skills technology programs for grades 7 and 8 as
long-time ETFO priorities.
Clegg added that elementary teachers also welcome the government's
commitment to increase English-as-a-Second Language funding, complete its plan
to cap class sizes at 20 children in the primary grades, and develop and fund
a full-day pre-school program.
"We are pleased to hear that the government recognizes the need to close
the gap in supports for elementary students. There is no question that our
Close the Gap campaign has attracted attention and response. We are hopeful
that all political parties will have taken the same position by the end of the
"We will continue to work closely with the government and encourage them
to target funding in the early years of student learning so Ontario's children
have the skills and knowledge that lay the foundation for a lifetime of
The Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario represents 70,000
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)