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Public school board in search for new director of education

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The Trillium Lakelands District School Board has begun to interview candidates to replace the outgoing director of education, Larry Hope, who retires on July 31.

The board is hoping to have a candidate in place by the end of June, who will be ready to take over as Hope ends his decade-long tenure with the board.

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ETFO reaches tentative agreements at central bargaining tables

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The Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO) has reached tentative central agreements with the Government of Ontario, the Ontario Public School Boards’ Association and the Council of Trustees’ Associations.

Separate tentative central agreements have been negotiated for ETFO’s teacher/occasional teacher and education worker members.

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All schools, all grades, across Ontario to close for massive strike on 21st

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All unions, all schools across Ontario are now bracing for a province-wide strike Friday Feb. 21.

All elementary and secondary teachers and education workers represented by the four major education unions in Ontario will take a stand against the Ford government’s education cuts and policies by participating in a one-day walkout across the province.

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Local union leader says plenty of supply teachers; no need to abruptly cancel extracurriculars

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Local union leader says plenty of supply teachers; no need to abruptly cancel extracurriculars
Local union doesn't understand board's decision.

Colin Matthew, district 15 leader for the Ontario Secondary School Teachers Federation (OSSTF), doesn’t believe the local school board’s immediate cancellation of extracurricular activities makes any sense.

The response recently by the Trillium Lakelands District School Board (TLDSB) leaves him with more questions than answers. While other boards are facing the same kind of sanctions, only TLDSB chose to end extracurriculars immediately. The rest of the boards are letting the students finish their current sports cycles, and other activities up until March Break where the decision would then be reassessed.

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Scott calls union strike action ‘unacceptable:’ OSSTF says cuts are a worse disruption

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Local union leader says plenty of supply teachers; no need to abruptly cancel extracurriculars
One-day strike commenced today in front of MPP Laurie Scott's office, as well as all area schools. Photo: Joli Scheidler-Benns.

Calling today’s strike action “unacceptable,” MPP Laurie Scott says it’s families who are affected most in their struggle to find childcare.

“While parents are understandably frustrated by teacher union escalation every few years, it is unacceptable that union leaders would ramp up strike action and make families across the province scramble for childcare,” she tells the Advocate in an email.

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Education strike action in front of Scott’s office next Tuesday

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Local teachers are taking strike action next Tuesday, including in front of the MPP's office.

The Advocate has learned that strike action will take place in front of MPP Laurie Scott’s office on Tuesday Jan. 21 beginning at 10:30 am.

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ETFO says new work to rule strike action to affect administration, not students

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The Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO) is engaging in a series of local meetings to prepare members for a work-to-rule strike action that begins on Tuesday, November 26. The action targets Ministry and school board administrative tasks and does not impact on students.

“We are making this known well in advance to assure parents that this strike action will not affect students, their learning or their safety,” said ETFO President Sam Hammond. “ETFO members will be withdrawing from Ministry and school board administrative activities, which will give them more time to focus on working with students.”

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ETFO urges Ontario government to make investments in public education

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EQAO results show students struggling, especially Grade 3

In 2019 pre-budget hearings, the Elementary Teachers Federation of Ontario (ETFO) urged the Ontario government to make investments, not cuts, in public education to better prepare all students for success.

“Our students’ education and future should not be sacrificed in the government’s zeal to cut spending, particularly when tax cuts have disproportionately benefited corporations and high-income earners and Ontario’s public program spending as a share of GDP is the lowest in the country,” ETFO president Sam Hammond told members of the Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs. ETFO’s submission can be viewed at www.etfo.ca/link/pbb2019

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Board finds needed $2 million in estimated teacher sick leave

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TLDSB Director of Education Larry Hope has reached out to local unions for support.

As the Trillium Lakelands District School Board grapples with a $2 million funding shortfall in expected revenues, it found the solution in decreasing the amount of money it is allocating for teacher sick leave.

Director of Education Larry Hope just hopes it wasn’t a one-time solution, and so has reached out to the local union presidents for support.

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