McGuinty Welcomes Students And Teachers Back To School

    Government Continues With Its Plan To Provide Opportunity For Students

    OAKVILLE, ON, Sept. 4 /CNW/ - Premier Dalton McGuinty today welcomed
students and teachers back to school and praised them for working hard to
raise the bar and improve student achievement.
    "The first day of school is all about the hope parents have for their
kids - and how much they're counting on our public schools to give their kids
a great education," said Premier McGuinty. "That's why I'm so pleased to help
celebrate another great year of continuing to make our public schools the best
they can be."
    Premier McGuinty made his comments at Oakwood Public School in Oakville,
where he welcomed students back to school.
    "We've made tremendous improvements over the past four years," said
Kathleen Wynne, Minister of Education. "The new school year holds great
promise for every student, and we will continue to provide the support they
need to build on past success and see even more improvements in the future."
    Since being elected to office, the McGuinty government has increased
total education funding by more than $3.7 billion. This has helped make
significant improvements to publicly-funded education, including:

    -   Higher test scores - results for all Grade 3 and 6 assessment areas
        have improved since the McGuinty government came to office in 2003.
        The majority of test results have improved by at least 10 percentage
        points over the past four years.

    -   Smaller class sizes - Four years ago, one quarter of all primary
        students were in classes of 25 students or more. This fall, Ontario
        is on track to meet the goal of 90 per cent of primary classes having
        20 or fewer students. This will lead to even more individualized
        attention and better learning.

    -   Healthier, safer schools - More than 8,000 construction projects are
        completed or underway at schools, part of the ongoing support for
        $4-billion worth of repairs, renovations and new schools.

    "We can't be complacent when it comes to public education - and we can't
go back to the way things were four years ago - with teacher strikes,
crumbling schools and low student achievement," said Premier McGuinty. "We now
have a foundation for success - and we have to keep moving forward, together."

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