More Than 90,000 Students In French-language Schools To Benefit From Long-term Peace And Stability

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More Than 90,000 Students In French-language Schools To Benefit From Long-term Peace And Stability

Ministry of Education

All 12 French-language Boards Have Four-year Agreements With Teachers QUEEN'S PARK, ON, June 30 - All 12 French-language school boards have reached tentative four-year agreements with their teachers, Minister of Education Gerard Kennedy announced today. Previously, most French-language boards had two-year agreements with teachers that would have expired on August 31, 2006. Today's announcement means students will benefit from an extended period of peace and stability and the significant resources of the provincial framework will flow to boards. All of the agreements that were just signed expire on August 31, 2008. "I would like to commend the parties for working diligently to provide long-term stability and significant educational benefits for the more than 90,000 students in Ontario's French-language system," said Kennedy. "The provincial framework is an important part of a unified agenda to move education forward in this province." "The newly achieved peace and stability as well as the additional resources for French-language school boards are good news for Ontario's francophone students and their parents," said Madeleine Meilleur, Minister Responsible for Francophone Affairs. After a series of first-ever provincial dialogues on collective bargaining issues, the government, school board associations and teachers' federations agreed to a first-time provincial framework to guide local bargaining. The framework provided significant new resources, contingent on successful local negotiations. With today's announcement, 121 of the 122 outstanding agreements have been arrived at. "The new spirit of collaboration that is at work in the education system is benefiting students across the province," said Kennedy. Disponible en fran├žais. www.edu.gov.on.ca www.resultsontario.gov.on.caFor further information: Contacts: Amanda Alvaro, Minister's Office, (416) 325-2632, (416) 509-5696 (cell); Wilma Davis, Communications Branch, (416) 325-6730; Public Inquiries: (416) 325-2929 or 1-800-387-5514; TTY: 1-800-263-2892