OPSBA Welcomes Increased Funding for Ontario Students

    TORONTO, March 19 /CNW/ - The Ontario Public School Boards' Association
welcomes the provincial government's announcement of increased funding for
public education. The government has demonstrated through the 2007-08 Grants
for Student Needs (GSN) announcement its continued commitment to support
student achievement and learning.
    The provincial government's investment increase of $781 million in the
grants will allow school boards to take further positive steps to support
student success. Public school boards appreciate the provincial government's
commitment to student achievement, which has been demonstrated over the past
three years through initiatives such as primary class size reduction, literacy
and numeracy initiatives, and secondary student success initiatives.
    OPSBA welcomes the government's reforms to the education funding model
that increase support to the arts, music, physical education and outdoor
education. Additional funding to address aboriginal student needs; increasing
funding for high-needs students; and providing support for small Ontario
communities where schools have low enrolment and are a significant distance
from other schools of the board, are three more initiatives which will benefit
our students.
    The annual grant allocation is critical to ongoing student achievement.
School boards are responsible for delivery of educational programs and
services that promote student achievement and meet provincial policy
objectives. The early release of the GSN allows school boards to develop
effective budget plans, respect school staffing timelines, and be fully
consultative with their public.
    "OPSBA is pleased the government has made an investment in funding public
education that is significant, necessary and justified," said OPSBA President
Rick Johnson. "Today's increased funding further contributes to a solid
foundation that will benefit students for years to come."
    OPSBA is committed to working with the Ministry and our provincial
education partners to shape solutions that will allow all of us to continue on
a positive path where our common purpose is to offer the students of Ontario
full opportunity to reach their rich potential.

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

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