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For Immediate Release
February 2, 2017

NLTA ENCOURAGED BY COMMENTS FROM EDUCATION MINISTER

St. John’s NL… The Newfoundland and Labrador Teachers’ Association is encouraged by public comments made today by the Honourable Dale Kirby, Minister of Education and Early Childhood Development.

Minister Kirby indicated that the Premier’s Task Force on Improving Educational Outcomes has a broad mandate to conduct a comprehensive review of the education system. The Minister referenced cuts to education in both 2013 and 2015 and the impact these have had on the system and indicated that there could not be further cuts to the Teacher Allocation Model.

“The Minister spoke highly of the important voice that teachers have in identifying the issues and challenges that face the public education system,” says Jim Dinn, President of the Newfoundland and Labrador Teachers’ Association. “The NLTA views this acknowledgement by Minister Kirby as a positive first step and has notified the Minister that we are willing to work with the government in creating a long-term plan which will address the needs of students and teachers.”

The NLTA encourages parents and teachers to engage in the Task Force process as it is an important opportunity to help shape our province’s education system.

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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