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For Immediate Release
November 28, 2016

NLTA TO MEET WITH MINISTER OF EDUCATION

St. John’s…The Newfoundland and Labrador Teachers’ Association will meet with Minister Dale Kirby and officials from the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development on Tuesday morning to discuss issues and concerns in education.

“We are hopeful that this will be a productive meeting and that we will move forward on the challenges facing education in this province,” says Jim Dinn President of the NLTA. “The provision of resources is creating challenges for teachers, administrators, and parents alike and Budget 2016 is creating other resourcing challenges as well.”

Teacher cuts have resulted in increased supervision and increased class sizes. These classes now have a greater concentration of students with exceptionalities and diverse learning needs. All of this has resulted in a reduction of a teacher’s most valuable resource  – time. That means less time to meet with parents and colleagues, less time to prepare and plan, less time to give students the individual attention they need.

The NLTA has come to believe that the concerns of teachers are not reaching the Minister’s attention, and it is important they do so if we hope to have an education system that meets the needs of all our students. The NLTA is hoping that this meeting will allow us to have a constructive and collaborative relationship aimed at improving public education.

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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