Toronto, ON – Yesterday, the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO) learned about the Ford government’s plan to improve literacy and math skills, but it doesn’t add up. Put in simplest terms:
Limiting Teacher Input + Chronic Underfunding ≠ Improved Skills
The band-aid “solutions” put forward by the province on Sunday dismiss teachers’ professional judgement and expertise, and will not improve students’ literacy and numeracy skills.
“Yesterday, Minister Lecce told us that Ontario has underperforming schools,” says ETFO President Karen Brown. “What we actually have are underfunded schools, which is something he and the government refuse to take responsibility for.”