Drastic consequences if province goes through with education changes

Dire warnings from the Ontario Secondary School Teachers Federation at Tuesday night's forum on education held in Southampton.   

Those in attendance heard about potential program cuts and reduced class options when the province increases class sizes and makes some online learning mandatory.   

The Bluewater District School Board has already issued its annual layoff notices to teachers but say a higher number than usual may not get called back in the fall.   

Union President Betty Jo Raddin has told Dock News if the changes go through, schools in Grey Bruce will not be recognizable in four years.  

Notably absent was Education Minister and Huron Bruce MPP Lisa Thompson who was promoted by the union as being one of the invited panelists. 

Thompson issued the following release Tuesday afternoon - 

“When the Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation promoted their education forum this evening, they released the invitations without consulting on my availability.

As Member of Provincial Parliament for Huron-Bruce, it is my duty to be at Queen’s Park to represent the unique interests of my riding.

I look forward to hearing the comments and suggestions that are put forward during the meeting tonight.

Since day one, I have been someone who has promoted and acted on consultation with Ontario families and as I continue to have the honour of serving as MPP for Huron-Bruce.

Ontario’s publicly-funded education system is one of this province’s most critical services. In my roles as both MPP for Huron Bruce and Minister of Education, I am incredibly proud of the changes we are making to protect the future of this institution and to bring student success back to the focus of all we do.”

 

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