Budget Will Erode Quality Education
Toronto, April 11, 2019 - The Ontario English Catholic Teachers' Association (OECTA)
says the education cuts contained in the provincial budget will have severe and
"We are most certainly looking at increases in class sizes and the loss of specialized
programs and supports. When we should be making investments to ensure all students
are able to reach their full potential, the government's cuts will result in more
students falling through the cracks," says Liz Stuart, President of OECTA.
"We have seen and lived this scenario before and we know that our schools cannot
do more with less," says Stuart. "Our publicly funded education system has made
great strides over the past two decades, and this regressive budget is going to
move us backward."
With this budget, core funding for elementary and secondary school programming will
be eroded over the next four years, as funding will fail to keep pace with inflation.
We estimate this will result in hundreds of millions of dollars in underfunding,
which will worsen pressure on the classroom. "This government is creating a crisis,"
OECTA represents the 45,000 passionate and qualified teachers in Ontario's publicly
funded English Catholic schools, from Kindergarten to Grade 12.