Education workers to protest at more than 700 Ontario schools
Students, education workers and parents will be protesting on October 10, 2019, at more than 700 elementary and secondary schools across Ontario to celebrate the protection of public education and to protest funding cuts.
Rally organizers say that following a 3 per cent cut in funding across all Ontario school boards, 10,000 teaching positions were lost over four years while making special needs services suffer.
Rachel Huot, a parent at Carleton Village Junior and Senior school said, "The province's already underfunded public school system is under attack. We're seeing larger classes, not enough support for students with special needs, cuts to custodial staff, classroom closures, and unsafe building conditions."
Some classes in certain high schools contain as many as 46 students.
Savi Gellatly-Ladd, a student at Harbord Collegiate Institute said, "Due to cancelled classes, some high school students will not be able to graduate on schedule. Forced e-learning will be another major equity issue. This is an unprecedented attack on kids and our futures."
The Ontario government has defunded education to wealthy people in Ontario rather than invest in education and Ontarians' futures.
Anna Galati, a parent with children at Sprucecourt P.S. in Toronto said, "The federal and provincial Conservative plans are aligned to continue to defund the public education system to make way for a private, for-profit education model, drastically increasing inequity and further disadvantaging poor and racialized students. We say no, and we want to broadcast the realities of these attacks on public education to the rest of Canada".
These rallies will provide support to the fast-growing movement for public education as well as education workers who are part of ongoing contract negotiations.
Crystal Bevens-Leblanc, a parent based in Kingston, Ontario, with children in both elementary and high schools said, "Parents and education workers are united to stop these devastating cuts and to rebuild public education in Ontario. Parents are prepared to support the job actions that are needed to reverse the cuts at the table."
The following are schools in the Peel, Halton and Hamilton regions will be participating:
Peel Region locations:
Abbey Park High School
Aldershot High School
Allan A. Greenleaf
Applewood Heights Secondary School
Bellmoore Elementary School
Brampton Centennial Secondary School
Britannia Public School
C B Stirling School
Calderstone Middle School
Chris Hadfield Public School
Clarkson Secondary School
Copeland Public School
Corliss Public School
Credit Valley Public School
Dr. Frank J. Hayden Secondary School
Dundas Central Public School
Edenbrook Hill P.S.
Ethel Gardiner Public School
Forest Glen PS
Frontenac Public School, Pineland
Garth Webb Secondary School
Georgetown District High School
Glendale Public School
Glenview Public School
Heart Lake SS
Hillside Public School
Huntington Park School
Iroquois Ridge HS
John Fraser Secondary School
John Fraser SS
Judith Nyman SS
M.M Robinson High School
Macnab Secondary School
Mayfield Secondary School
McClure Public School
Meadowvale Secondary School
Milton District High School
Morning Star Middle School
Nelson High School
Nelson Mandela Public School
North Park Secondary School
Oakville Trafalgar High School
Peel Alternative School North
Port Credit Secondary School
Queenston Drive Public School
Rosedale Elementary School
Saint John Paul
Settler's Green School
Shaw Public School
Silver Creek Public School
Southfields Village Public School
Stephen Lewis Secondary School
Sunningdale Public School
Sunny View Middle Scfhool
The Woodlands PS
The Woodlands Secondary School
Thomas A Blakelock High School
Tribune Drive PS
Turner Fenton Secondary School
West Credit SS
Westdale Secondary School
To see the full list of 700+ schools and to find a participating school near you, click here.
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