Education workers to protest at more than 700 Ontario schools

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Students, education workers and parents will be protesting on October 10, 2019, at more than 700 elementary and secondary schools across Ontario to celebrate the protection of public education and to protest funding cuts.

The organization says that following a 3 per cent cut in funding across all Ontario school boards, 10,000 teaching positions were lost over four years while making special needs services suffer.

Rachel Huot, a parent at Carleton Village Junior and Senior school said, “The province’s already underfunded public school system is under attack. We’re seeing larger classes, not enough support for students with special needs, cuts to custodial staff, classroom closures and unsafe building conditions."

Some classes in certain high schools contain as many as 46 students.

Savi Gellatly-Ladd, a student at Harbord Collegiate Institute said, “Due to cancelled classes, some high school students will not be able to graduate on schedule. Forced e-learning will be another major equity issue. This is an unprecedented attack on kids and our futures."

The Ontario government has defunded education to wealthy people in Ontario rather than invest in education and Ontarians' futures. 

Anna Galati, a parent with children at Sprucecourt P.S. in Toronto said, “The federal and provincial Conservative plans are aligned to continue to defund the public education system to make way for a private, for-profit education model, drastically increasing inequity and further disadvantaging poor and racialized students. We say no, and we want to broadcast the realities of these attacks on public education to the rest of Canada”.

These rallies will provide support to the fast-growing movement for public education as well as education workers who are part of ongoing contract negotiations.

Crystal Bevens-Leblanc, a parent based in Kingston, Ontario, with children in both elementary and high schools said, “Parents and education workers are united to stop these devastating cuts and to rebuild public education in Ontario. Parents are prepared to support the job actions that are needed to reverse the cuts at the table."

 

The following are schools in the Peel, Halton and Hamilton regions will be participating:

Peel Region locations:

Abbey Park High School

Aldershot High School

Allan A. Greenleaf

Applewood Heights Secondary School

Barondale PS

Bellmoore Elementary School

Bennetto

Brampton Centennial Secondary School

Britannia Public School

Burnt Elm

C B Stirling School

Calderstone Middle School

CH Norton

Chris Hadfield Public School

CKSS

Clarkson Secondary School

Copeland Public School

Corliss Public School

Credit Valley Public School

Dr. Frank J. Hayden Secondary School

Dundas Central

Dundas Central Public School

Edenbrook Hill P.S.

Ethel Gardiner Public School

Fletcher's Creek

Forest Glen PS

Frontenac Public School, Pineland

Garth Webb Secondary School

Georgetown District High School

Glendale Public School

Glenview Public School

Heart Lake SS

Heritage Glen

Hillside Public School

Holbrook School

Homelands P.S.

Huntington Park School

Iroquois Ridge HS

John Fraser Secondary School

John Fraser SS

Judith Nyman SS

M.M Robinson High School

Macnab Secondary School

Mayfield Secondary School

McClure Public School

Meadowvale Secondary School

Milton District High School

Morning Star Middle School

Munden Park

Nelson High School

Nelson Mandela Public School

North Park Secondary School

Oakville Trafalgar High School

Peel Alternative School North

Port Credit Secondary School

Queenston Drive Public School

Robert Bateman

Rosedale Elementary School

Saint John Paul

Settler's Green School

Shaw Public School

Silver Creek Public School

Southfields Village Public School

Stephen Lewis Secondary School

Sunningdale Public School

Sunny View Middle Scfhool

Syl Apps

T.A. Blakelock

Templemead School

The Woodlands PS

The Woodlands Secondary School

Thomas A Blakelock High School

Trelawny PS

Tribune Drive PS

Turner Fenton Secondary School

W.I. Dick

West Credit SS

Westdale Secondary School

To see the full list of 700+ schools and to find a participating school near you, click here.

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