OSSTF Education Team: Putting Students First

    OSSTF Celebrates 77th Year of Education Week

    TORONTO, April 27 /CNW/ - The Ontario Secondary School Teachers'
Federation (OSSTF) welcomes the 77th year of Education Week taking place
during the week of April 30 - May 4, 2007. Education Week began in 1930 as an
OSSTF initiative to highlight the achievements of publicly funded education
and to promote public awareness of its importance. Seventy-seven years later,
this remains an important mission for OSSTF and we are proud that our
initiative has grown into an annual event marked by school communities across
the province. In 1999, OSSTF also introduced Support Staff Appreciation Day as
an integral part of Education Week to ensure that the essential role played by
all educational workers was fully recognized.
    Commenting on the 77th year of Education Week, OSSTF President, Ken Coran
said, "This year OSSTF has chosen 'OSSTF Education Team: Putting Students
First' as our theme for Education Week. OSSTF strongly supports a full service
education system that is able to provide real opportunities for every student
to learn and be successful. This requires a full school team that not only
includes classroom teachers, but also office, technical and maintenance staff,
education assistants, social workers, psychologists, and attendance
counsellors, just to name a few."
    "Our theme is intended to reflect OSSTF's pride in the contributions we
make to students' success. This includes the work we do directly in support of
students and schools as well as the leadership we have shown in building and
protecting publicly funded education. We were certainly there during the
devastating years of the Tory government, as we have been there throughout the
years since OSSTF began."
    Coran concluded, "Education workers, parents, labour and community
members - we are all part of the fight on behalf of our children and our
communities. OSSTF hopes you will join us in celebrating the 77 years of
Education Week and in continuing to affirm the importance of a strong publicly
funded education system that provides every student, regardless of their
circumstances, with what they need to succeed."
    The Putting Students First website can be found at:

    OSSTF/FEESO, founded in 1919, has 60,000 members across Ontario. They
include public high school teachers, occasional teachers, educational
assistants, continuing education teachers and instructors, psychologists,
secretaries, speech-language pathologists, social workers, plant support
personnel, attendance counsellors, and many others in education.

For further information:

For further information: Ken Coran, President, Ontario Secondary School
Teachers' Federation, (416) 751-8300 or 1-800-267-7867

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