TORONTO, Aug. 14 /CNW/ - Catholic teachers welcome the Ontario
government's decision to further increase funding for publicly funded schools,
says the president of the Ontario English Catholic Teachers Association
Elaine Mac Neil says that the new funding "will support ongoing stability
and peace in the publicly funded school system, especially in large boards.
It will also address the needs of non-teaching staff."
The OECTA president adds that Catholic teachers are particularly pleased
that the government will review the funding formula by 2010, as recommended by
Dr. Mordecai Rozanski, to ensure that problems do not remain in the formula
used to calculate school funding.
The additional investment will help reverse the historic funding gap
created when the previous government removed over $2.3 billion from Ontario's
publicly funded school system, says Mac Neil.
"As a result of previous cuts, school boards were unable to keep pace
with urgently-needed maintenance, putting the health and safety of students
and teachers at risk. The government listened when we said funding must
reflect the real costs of school operations and maintenance, the cost of
living, and the conditions of school facilities," Mac Neil adds.
"It makes sense for the government to adjust grants to reflect the real
costs for occasional teachers," she says. "We believe today's announcement
should have an immediate effect on stalled negotiations between the
Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board and its occasional teachers, who
still do not have a collective agreement for 2006-08."
For further information:
For further information: Elaine Mac Neil, OECTA President, Office: (416)
925-2493 X417, Cell phone: (416) 400-8324