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MEMO-HEADER-PRES

JANUARY 8, 2019

To: All Teachers
From: Dean Ingram, NLTA President
Re: Pre Budget Call to Action

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The NLTA will be preparing a submission to government for the Pre-Budget Consultations outlining the importance of investing in education.

As part of the government’s Pre-Budget Consultations it has posted online a pre-budget feedback form. This form can be found at:
https://www.engagenl.ca/content/2019-pre-budget-feedback-form

In order to complete the feedback form individuals are required to register with Engage NL or log in if previously registered. The login information is being collected to obtain your views only and you are asked not to include your name or other information that can identify you.
Register with Engage NL: https://www.engagenl.ca/user/register

OTHER WAYS TO ENGAGE
You can also provide feedback by downloading the Discussion Guide and completing the feedback form included at the end of the guide.
Click here to download the Discussion Guide.
It can then be submitted to Budget2019@gov.nl.ca.

In his video introduction, Minister Tom Osbourne encourages all Newfoundlanders and Labradoreans to contribute and he assures that submissions will be anonymous. As citizens of this province, teachers have every right to engage in public policy discussions regarding the provincial budget, including pre-budget consultations. The NLTA has reviewed the online form and there is no reason for any teacher to feel concerned about completing this document. It takes approximately five minutes to register and complete the form and there are questions specific to education. Feedback will be accepted until 5:00 p.m. on February 1, 2019.

Research indicates that investment in education improves not only educational outcomes but also positively impacts social, economic and health outcomes. In short, investment in education can actually result in overall budget reduction.

The Association needs all teachers to take the time to provide input in support of our efforts to promote a properly funded public education system. We must demonstrate that we all have concerns regarding the funding of public education. We also recommend that you actively encourage parents, guardians and other members of your school community to do the same.

As always, thank you for your support.

Dean Ingram
President