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For Immediate Release
April 26, 2016

Student Outcomes Negatively Impacted by Larger Class Sizes

St. John’s. NL…A reduction of 204 teaching units in Grades 1-12 was announced in the Provincial Budget. The NLTA has learned that this number has now been increased to 219 teaching units.

An additional 15 teaching units are being removed from the system due to school closures.

“The allocations being released to schools means increased class sizes, and multi-grading in Grades 1-6 in 70 schools that have never been multi-graded before,” says James Dinn, President of the Newfoundland and Labrador Teachers’ Association.

“Larger class sizes and more multi-grading will not improve student outcomes and will not help meet the student needs in the inclusive classroom.” To quote Minister Kirby when he was a member of the opposition, “It’s a clear recipe for failure.”

All students, and especially students with special needs, can only be negatively impacted by these reductions.

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For further information contact:
Lesley-Ann Browne, NLTA Communications
Tel: 709-726-3223, ext. 228; 682-3751 (cellular)
labrowne@nlta.nl.ca