Ontario Liberals Building on Progress in Publicly Funded Education

    McGuinty Would Expand Ontario Liberals' Plan To Help Students With

    OTTAWA, Sept. 11 /CNW/ - Premier McGuinty was at Charles H. Hulse Public
School to lay out the next step in the Ontario Liberals' plan to build
opportunity for Ontario students and help them succeed - by giving even more
students access to tutoring and online homework help.
    "We've made great progress, working together, in our publicly funded
schools. Now is the time to build on the progress we've already achieved for
Ontario's students and move our schools forward - not go backwards," said
Premier McGuinty.
    "To do that, we're going to make sure that kids who need help with school
work get it - regardless of where they live, what their learning style may be
or what they can afford," he said.
    The new Homework Help program will extend access to extra help, resources
and tutoring across the province. The new program will take into account the
students' individual needs and learning style and develop an approach that is
right for them.

    There are three key areas we will build, expand and improve:

    -   Online homework help with e-tutors
    -   One-on-one homework help with tutors
    -   Peer tutoring in study groups

    Homework Help builds on other supports the Ontario Liberals have already
provided to make sure our kids get the attention they need to get ahead. These

    -   Over 5,100 primary teachers to reduce class sizes
    -   1,925 new elementary specialist teachers and 1,925 new secondary
        student success teachers
    -   More funding for textbooks and other learning supports
    -   More funding for English-as-a-Second-Language and Special Needs

    "We have high standards for our kids and this is the next step in our
agenda to make sure they have every advantage," said Premier McGuinty. "They
are our most precious resource and we want them to have the skills and
knowledge they need to succeed as good citizens and competitive workers."
    "In this election, Ontarians have a choice," said McGuinty. "An Ontario
Liberal government that will support children and their parents in their
efforts to work hard to get ahead in public education through expanded
homework support in the classroom, after school and on-line - or a
Conservative party that plans to cut $500 million out of our publicly funded
schools and into private religious schools."

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