New legislation recognizes teachers as professionals

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New legislation recognizes teachers as professionals

Ministry of Education

Kennedy Introduces Legislation to End "Teacher Testing" TORONTO, May 13 - Education Minister Gerard Kennedy today introduced legislation to cancel the failed, so-called "teacher testing" program brought in by the previous government. Since it was imposed in 2001, less than 20 per cent of teachers have participated in the program. The expensive and unproductive Professional Learning Program (PLP) has cost the Ontario College of Teachers approximately $10 million. The new legislation reflects the government's commitment to recognize Ontario's teachers as professionals. If passed, the Professional Learning Program Cancellation Act, 2004 would end the requirement that teachers take 14 courses in prescribed categories over a five-year period or lose their Ontario teaching certificate. "We will ensure that we have teacher excellence in all of our schools," said Kennedy. "The key difference between the McGuinty government and the previous government is that we believe that teachers want this as well." As a companion to the legislation, the Ministry of Education will soon release a discussion paper on teacher excellence. The government will hold consultations with educators, boards, principals and faculties of education to develop meaningful professional development. The following approaches will be among those considered: - Mentoring new teachers; - Professional development days; - Enhanced summer programs; - The role of teacher appraisals; and - Funding for teacher development. Disponible en français. www.edu.gov.on.caFor further information: 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