Moving forward with elementary teachers

    TORONTO, Feb. 12 /CNW/ - The decision by the Elementary Teachers'
Federation of Ontario (ETFO) to accept a $700 million funding package is good
news for elementary teachers, students and their parents.
    ETFO's positive move on this four-year proposal means improved staffing
levels, additional teacher preparation time and a 10.4% salary increase for
elementary teachers. With OPSBA and ETFO now both in accord with the Minister
of Education's final Provincial Discussion Table (PDT) offer, local
negotiations can now continue to move forward with optimism.
    "To say the public boards are pleased is an understatement," said Loralea
Carruthers, Vice President of the Ontario Public School Boards' Association.
"The Minister's proposal was fair and respectful of the crucial and
challenging jobs of teachers. ETFO has seized a vital opportunity."
    The Minister and OPSBA took extraordinary steps this week to resolve an
impasse. This was done for the sake of elementary children. ETFO has now
joined this positive step forward. As we proceed with local bargaining, the
interests of our students must remain the first priority for all parties. This
is what parents expect of us and what students deserve.

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For further information: Jeff Sprang, (416) 340-2540

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