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Taking action on government cuts to education

Members holding 'Cuts Hurt Kids' signs at Queen's Park on April 6, 2019


The Conservative government is pushing through cuts and changes to education that will negatively impact students and their learning conditions.

ETFO has taken a strong stance against the government's attack on public education and will continue to campaign with the public for smaller classes, fair hiring practices, our current model of Full-Day Kindergarten and broader investment in public education. We've created many ways for members to get informed and take action at our ETFO Member Engagement Campaign page and below.

ETFO ACTIONS

Full Page Advertising

​In response to the government’s announcement on increasing class size averages in grades 4-8 and other issues, ETFO ran full page ads in March in daily newspapers across the province. At the end of March, ETFO also ran a full-page newspaper ad advocating for the current Full-Day Kindergarten model.

Public Relations Campaign

ETFO's public campaign "Believe in Students" highlights the important work educators do every day. It includes advertising on TV, radio, newspaper, billboards and in digital and social media. You can see the TV and radio ads on our YouTube channel. ETFO is also running online social media ads on specific issues that can be seen on our Facebook page.

Social Media Shareables

From stopping funding cuts to Class Size Matters and #HandsOffFDK, ETFO has created social media shareables to mobilize members and the public to take action. You can see and download these sharables at our Facebook page under photos.

Media Coverage

ETFO has distributed over 25 media releases on government announcements related to changes or cuts in public education. These releases have generated numerous articles and interviews with ETFO President Sam Hammond and many local presidents.

ETFO Consultation Papers

In addition to assisting locals to make presentations and submissions, ETFO has sent a number of submissions in response to the government’s consultations on education, class size, Regulation 274 hiring practices and the 2019 budget.

Bargaining Updates

At www.etfocb.ca, members will find information, shareables and flyers on a number of issues including the impact of removing Regulation 274, 2019 bargaining goals and primers on collective bargaining.

ENGAGING THE PUBLIC

ETFO’s public portal, www.buildingbetterschools.ca, has mobilized thousands of members and the public to fight for public education and take action on key issues:

  • Protect our schools - calling on MPPs to invest in education and stop government cuts to education.
  • Protect smaller classes - over 91,000 members and parents have already emailed their MPP saying no to larger class size.
  • Hands off FDK - hundreds of members and parents have shared their stories on why the current model for Full-Day Kindergarten must be maintained.
  • Support students with special needs - pledges are being collected to gather support for funding Special Education.

TAKE ACTION NOW!

The ETFO Member Engagement web page has many resources and social media shareables for members to get involved. Here’s a summary:

Wear Red for Ed every Friday!

Members and allies are asked to wear Red for Education every Friday. Please spread the word to colleagues, show your support and solidarity and start a conversation about public education in your school and community.

Tell the government you don’t support larger classes

Contact the Minister of Education and your local MPP to let the government know that you do not support increases in class size in grades 4-8 and high school.

Tell the government you support fair hiring practices

Send a letter to the Minister of Education and your MPP to maintain Regulation 274 and insist that the government provide a fair, consistent and transparent hiring process for long-term occasional and permanent teaching positions.