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For Immediate Release
October 31, 2016

NLTA PLEASED EMPLOYERS’ COUNCIL ACKNOWLEDGES IMPORTANCE OF EDUCATION FUNDING

St. John’s, NL… The Newfoundland and Labrador Teachers’ Association is pleased to hear the NL Employers’ Council acknowledge the importance of adequate spending on public education.

In comments last week after the provincial fiscal update, Richard Alexander, Executive Director of the NL Employers’ Council, emphasized the fact that cuts to education need to be avoided.

In a recent public opinion poll 93% of parents surveyed believe that Budget 2016 will have a negative impact on education. Budget 2016 announced cuts to teachers, larger class sizes and increased multi-grading which will not improve student outcomes and will not help meet student needs in the inclusive classroom.

“Teachers are expressing concern about their ability to help those with the greatest needs,” says NLTA President Jim Dinn. “Teachers will continue to do their best to meet the needs of their students but are concerned that the recent cuts and continued cuts will lower the attainment of educational outcomes.”

Government has decreased the allocation of teachers to high schools, increased class sizes in Grades 4 to Level III, and increased the use of multi-grading even in instances where it was not previously necessary. Access to Grade 6 Intensive Core French programming has been reduced, and various support programs have been eliminated.

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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