Media advisory - New study confirms severe underfunding of Educational Assistants; McGuinty funding fix in August woefully short of claim

    TORONTO, Oct. 1 /CNW Telbec/ - A new study by economist Hugh Mackenzie
will quantify the shortfall in Ontario's school funding formula for
Educational Assistants (EAs) who serve Ontario's special needs children.
    The study is a detailed examination of funding for Educational Assistants
under Ontario's education funding formula conducted for the Canadian Union of
Public Employees (CUPE) Ontario.
    It also examines the real outcome of the funds announced by the Ontario
government in August 2007, by which the government claimed to raise salary
benchmarks of EAs by 22 per cent.
    At this media conference:

        Date:      Tuesday, October 2, 2007
        Time:      10:30 a.m.
        Location:  Enoch Turner Schoolhouse
                   106 Trinity St. (at King St.)

    Speakers will include Hugh Mackenzie of Hugh Mackenzie and Associates,
    CUPE Ontario Secretary-Treasurer Fred Hahn, and an Educational Assistant.

    Data will include figures on:

    - Funding shortfalls for Educational Assistants for the 2006-2007 year,
      plus historical data,
    - Number of EAs the funding formula indicates there should be in Ontario
      versus the actual EAs in schools,
    - What the government needed to invest in August 2007 to meet its claim
      to improve salary benchmarks for EAs.

For further information:

For further information: Valerie Dugale, CUPE Communications, (647)

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