OECTA says Liberal Platform focuses education debate on students where it belongs

    TORONTO, Sept. 6 /CNW/ - The Ontario Liberal Party's education platform
should help focus the debate during the election campaign where it belongs: on
students, says the president of the Ontario English Catholic Teachers'
Association, (OECTA).
    "It is always good news to hear that there is sustained and principled
commitment to publicly-funded education," says Elaine MacNeil. "Catholic
Teachers are satisfied that the platform identifies and addresses the real
needs of students, especially those in Grades 4 to 8, in Special Education and
English as a Second Language."
    She says that the McGuinty plan for education shows a commitment to build
on the achievements made by students, teachers and other education
stakeholders over the past four years. The promised increase to education
funding, "will help provide needed resources and supports to help students -
and their teachers - to meet the many challenges that they face every day in
their classrooms."
    MacNeil says that the pledged Professional Learning Scholarship Fund, "is
evidence that the McGuinty Liberals will continue to respect the
professionalism of teachers."
    She says teachers expect meaningful dialogue about initiatives to
continue if the Liberal government is re-elected. "The professional voices of
teachers must be heard as programs are implemented." The Association supports
the principle of full day Senior and Junior Kindergarten, she says. "Currently
these programs are delivered by certified teachers. We have a professional
interest in this program and experience delivering it, so we expect to
participate fully in discussions about this Kindergarten initiative, and we
expect no job loss when it is implemented."
    MacNeil says that across the province, "Catholic teachers will hold a
re-elected Liberal government fully accountable for their promises."
    The Ontario English Catholic Teachers' Association represents 36,000 men
and women who teach Kindergarten to Grade 12 in Ontario's publicly-funded
Catholic schools.

For further information:

For further information: Elaine MacNeil, President, Office: (416)
925-2493 X 417

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