The Ontario English Catholic Teachers' Association (OECTA) is alarmed that the government
is cutting millions of dollars in education funding, mostly from programs meant
to serve vulnerable students.
Toronto, Dec. 17, 2018 - "These programs respond to priorities
that have been identified by teachers, parents, and students across the province,"
says Liz Stuart, President of OECTA. "Mental health supports, Indigenous education
initiatives, and anti-poverty programs are integral to the publicly funded education
system's commitment to equity and inclusion, and we know that many of these programs
were working well. There is no doubt that these cuts will negatively affect students
and classrooms, especially given the government's decision to implement them midway
through the school year."
The move sends a worrying signal about the government's approach to education. The
government has just completed a consultation on education programs and funding,
but the cuts were quietly announced before it was even closed. "It is unfortunate
that the government did not take the time to properly consult with teachers and
others in the education community, who could have told them the impact these cuts
are bound to have on student well-being and achievement," says Stuart. "Publicly
funded education is one of the best investments we can make. Our Association strongly
urges the government to reconsider this decision, and to work with teachers to ensure
that schools have the resources they need."
OECTA represents the almost 45,000 professionals who teach all grades in publicly
funded English Catholic schools in Ontario.