Peel Board moving in wrong direction says OSSTF

    TORONTO, April 23 /CNW/ - The Ontario Secondary School Teachers'
Federation (OSSTF) today reacted with concern to an announcement from the Peel
District School Board that they will now accept money from parents for school
auditoriums, additions, and even school pools.
    Ken Coran, President of OSSTF said, "Although fund-raising by parents has
always existed, it has also always been controversial. This new step by the
Peel board opens the door wide to a two-tier education system where students
from more affluent backgrounds will receive a richer education experience than
students of a more modest background. This comes at a time when Ontario and
Canada are struggling to provide an excellent education to all students to
improve the quality of all students' lives in an increasingly competitive
world. The failure of the Ontario provincial government to raise and commit
sufficient funding to education is partly to blame for this situation."
    Coran went on to say, "This direction has already prompted OSSTF to
sponsor a symposium on May 31 at the Crowne Plaza Toronto Don Valley hotel
where OSSTF and other public sector organizations will discuss their responses
to this and other forms of privatization.
    "Front-line education workers are obviously worried about this new
direction, but parents and students should also be worried because it means
that you will now have well-off, obviously well equipped schools and poorer,
minimally equipped schools," he concluded.

    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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