Tens of thousands of teachers, education workers, parents, and concerned community members came together on Saturday April 6 at Queen’s Park in Toronto to defend high-quality publicly funded education, and the optimal learning conditions that all students need and deserve!
The rally was organized by the Association des enseignantes et des enseignants franco-ontariens (AEFO), the Canadian Union of Public Employees – Ontario (CUPE), the Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario (ETFO), the Ontario English Catholic Teachers' Association (OECTA), and the Ontario Secondary School Teachers' Federation (OSSTF) in an unprecedented show of solidarity. Read the joint statement developed by the organizations.
The rally was organized in response to the Progressive Conservative government’s planned education cuts that will be damaging to all students, and will particularly hurt at-risk students and students with special needs. Our message is simple: Our publicly funded education system needs investments, not cuts.
The government has proposed to:
- Increase average class sizes by one pupil in grades 4-8, and by six students at the secondary level.
- Download its obligation to support children with autism onto publicly funded schools, without providing adequate funding.
- Mandate that secondary school students complete four online credits, with a class size average of 35 students.
- Reduce the number of teachers and support staff in classrooms across the province.
- Review and potentially change the model of full-day Kindergarten, which currently includes a teacher and an early childhood educator.
Read about the government’s regressive education agenda.
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