TORONTO, Jan. 12 /CNW/ - The Upper Canada District School Board's
proposal to close many elementary schools and transfer grade 7 and 8 students
to high schools is a "one-size-fits-all solution" that teachers strongly
reject, the president of the Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario (ETFO)
Speaking at a community forum in Kemptville organized by the federation,
ETFO's David Clegg explained why elementary teachers are so opposed to the
Board's Boundary 2020 process.
"A one-size-fits-all solution that is not supported by research
demonstrating benefits to affected students is downright irresponsible," he
said. "As professional educators who care deeply and are committed to students
in our care, we must speak up, and we are doing so through our 'Protect Our
Launched in early December, the campaign has blanketed the district with
newspaper and radio ads, billboards and mailed brochures. The campaign
delivers the message that elementary schools offer a better and safer learning
environment for young adolescent children, an environment less open to
bullying and more closely connected to the local community.
If the 'Protect Our Kids' campaign is successful, said Clegg, it largely
will be due to the efforts of community residents.
"You are the people whose children's education will be compromised and
whose communities will suffer because of Boundary 2020. By coming here today,
you will meet people who share your concerns and who will work with you to
develop a strong and coordinated challenge to the school board's misguided
"Let's learn from the experience of others and build bridges with our
fellow participants. Let's plan and focus our group efforts on eliminating
Boundary 2020," Clegg said.
The Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario represents 70,000
elementary public school teachers and education workers across the province
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)