Doug Ford Cuts Per-Student Funding
Government announcement another blow to students, teachers, education workers and parents
A Statement from Ontario’s NDP/Official Opposition Party
Posted April 26th, 2019 on Niagara At Large
(A Brief Foreword by Niagara At Large reporter and publisher Doug Draper –
Three weeks after thousands of secondary school students across Niagara joined tens of thousands of their peers across Ontario in a province-wide walkout to protest Ford government cuts to education, the cuts just keep on coming.
And look forward to more cuts to come. In Doug Ford’s Ontario, we may end up with online courses and home schooling for everyone folks.)
QUEEN’S PARK — Marit Stiles, Ontario NDP Education critic, released the following statement in response to the Ford Conservatives’ Grants for Student Needs (GSN) funding allocation:
“On top of Doug Ford’s scheme to cut thousands of teachers and education workers, on Friday the Conservative government confirmed the deep cuts to education signalled in the budget. Not only is overall funding failing to keep pace with inflation, which amounts to a cut, but the Ford government is shamelessly cutting per-student funding.
These cuts will hurt students, education workers and families. Classrooms will be overcrowded, programs will be cut and students will have even fewer opportunities and resources.
The overall GSN budget not only fails to undo the deep, painful cuts Doug Ford is making in education, it will make things much worse.
Students already facing larger classes and fewer course options will now also have to cope with the complete elimination of the Local Priorities Fund and reduction of millions in direct funding for programs that support parent engagement, student employment and much more.
We’ll be working to analyze the full impact of this announcement on students, teachers, education workers and families. What we do know is that our kids deserve more support in the classroom, not less.”
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