Teachers Bring Message to Liberals on Closing The Funding Gap: "Let's Get It Done!"

    TORONTO, Aug. 13 /CNW/ - With the provincial election and the next round
of bargaining on the horizon, the Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario
(ETFO) will face some daunting challenges, outgoing ETFO President Emily Noble
said today. Foremost of these challenges is the $711 gap in funding between an
elementary and secondary student, she said.
    Noble was speaking to the more than 500 delegates attending the opening
session of ETFO's annual meeting in Toronto today.
    The funding gap "defies explanation and devalues the work you and I do
and ignores the needs of our students," Noble charged.
    Noble reminded meeting delegates that over the past nine years during
which she served on the ETFO Executive, the federation has always prevailed
when faced by seemingly overwhelming challenges. "When confronted with a
challenge, our attitude has always been Let's get it done," she said.
    "We have yet to see if Education Minister Kathleen Wynne is prepared to
work with us to eliminate the $711 gap in funding," she added. "My advice to
her, of course, would be Let's get it done."
    The ETFO annual meeting continues until Thursday afternoon. Scheduled
speaker for tomorrow morning at 10:45 a.m. is the Honourable Kathleen Wynne,
Minister of Education for Ontario.

    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: Larry Skory, (416) 948-0195 (cell),
lskory@etfo.org; Johanna Brand, (416) 948-2554 (cell), jbrand@etfo.org; Mary
Morison, (416) 948-3406 (cell), mmorison@etfo.org; August 13-16, ETFO Media
Centre, Queens Quay 1, Concourse Level, The Westin Harbour Castle, Toronto,
Phone: (416) 957-7181; Fax: (416) 957-7180

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