Re-Election of Liberal Government Welcomed by Elementary Teachers

    Will hold Liberals to account for election promises

    TORONTO, Oct. 11 /CNW/ - Public elementary school teachers look forward
to the return of a more "constructive" focus on public education issues now
that the Liberal government has been re-elected in Ontario.
    "It was unfortunate that media coverage during the election campaign
largely ignored education issues that affect the majority of students in the
province's elementary schools," says David Clegg, president of the Elementary
Teachers' Federation of Ontario.
    "Now that the election is over, the Liberal Government, along with
education stakeholders, can resume constructive efforts to rebuild the public
education system in Ontario."
    Clegg pointed out that elementary teachers have seen significant
improvements in public education in Ontario in the last four years, including
smaller class sizes for primary students, more resources for schools, improved
reading, writing and mathematics skills, expanded English as a Second Language
support and better working conditions for teachers.
    "Another highlight has been the improved working relationship with the
provincial government," said Clegg. "As part of this improved relationship, we
have seen a renewed and growing respect for teachers and growing support for
public education in Ontario."
    "While there has been much progress, more needs to be done to ensure that
Ontario's elementary students receive the quality education they deserve,"
said Clegg.
    "We will hold the government to account for its commitments to further
investments in public education promised during the election campaign," said
Clegg. "In particular, we look forward to continued efforts to close the gap
in funding between elementary and secondary students. This is critical for
achieving the government's goals of improved academic performance and a
reduced high school drop out rate."

    The Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario represents more than
70,000 public elementary school teachers and education workers across Ontario
and is the largest teacher federation in Canada.

For further information:

For further information: David Clegg, President, ETFO, (416) 962-3836
(Office), (416) 948-1592 (Cell); Larry Skory, ETFO Communications, (416)
962-3836 (Office), (416) 948-0195 (Cell)

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