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For Immediate Release
February 23, 2017

OUR CHILDREN CANNOT WAIT

St. John’s NL… The comments from the Minister of Education and Early Childhood Development concerning the education system not working as intended are encouraging in that they echo what the NLTA has been hearing from parents and teachers and saying for years – especially this year following the cuts in the last budget.

“It is what the Panel on the Status of Public Education heard, what we heard at our teacher Town Halls, in public opinion polls from parents and teachers, what I heard directly from teachers while visiting schools, and what was reinforced by teachers on ‘Inside the Classroom’ aired recently on CBC,” states Jim Dinn, NLTA President.

The Minister acknowledges that children are not being served by the Inclusive Education Model right now, that we will be failing our children if we don’t make adjustments and that larger class sizes mean more work for teachers.

“Acknowledging the problem is one thing, but the Minister’s words ring hollow if nothing is going to be done about it. The children, parents and teachers of this province cannot afford to wait until another report is finalized to address these important issues.”

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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