Greater Essex Lockout Is Averted - Students In School Monday

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Greater Essex Lockout Is Averted - Students In School Monday

Ministry of Education

Education Minister Credits Both Parties For Efforts TORONTO, May 3 - Education Minister Gerard Kennedy announced this morning that the Greater Essex District School Board will cancel its planned lockout of elementary teachers and that the Elementary Teacher Federation of Ontario (ETFO) will lift its classroom sanctions because both sides have agreed to arbitration to resolve outstanding issues. Parents are advised to have students attend their classes as usual later this morning. A final round of informal talks were initiated by the Ministry of Education beginning on Friday and resulted in the resolution early Monday morning. One key to the discussion was new language proposed by the Ministry of Education on the criteria for arbitration to protect both interests. Final ratification of the agreement will still need to take place by the respective parties in the days ahead. "I want to commend both the leadership of the board and of the ETFO for their tremendous persistence and their creative ability to work out a better solution," said Kennedy, who has been in contact with both parties throughout the weekend. "Ontario students and the public education system as a whole deserve to have as much peace and stability as we can provide." said Kennedy. Disponible en fran├žais www.edu.gov.on.caFor further information: Media Contacts: Amanda Alvaro, Minister's Office, (416) 325-2632, (416) 509-5696 (cell); Dave Ross, Communications Branch, (416) 325-2709; Public Inquiries: (416) 325-2929, or 1-800-387-5514, TTY: 1-800-263-2892