Ontario Education Workers Warn of Province-Wide School Cuts

Ontario Education Workers Warn of Province-Wide School Cuts

May 26, 2022 by Business Wire Public Policy/Government: Labor News

Key Facts

  • TORONTO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--With only one week left until provincial election day, frontline education workers are warning of significant and avoidable staff cuts that have been announced for the 2022-2023 school year starting in September.
  • “School boards are choosing to cut educational assistants which will lead to more students not having access to the supports they need to succeed, cutting early childhood educators that will lead to more crowded classrooms for our youngest learners, and cutting custodial and clerical staff which will reduce the cleanliness, safety, and security in our schools,” said Laura Walton, president of CUPE’s Ontario School Boards Council of Union (OSBCU).
  • In 2021 dollars, per pupil funding in 2011-2012 (the last year before a decade of funding that did not cover the costs of inflation and increasing enrolment) was $13,285, compared to per pupil funding of $12,686 today – a reduction of $599 per student.
  • “If you want to stop education cuts that are undermining the success of our children and our province, get out to vote for a different government by Thursday, June 2.”

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