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Ontario Putting Students and Families First

McGuinty Government Protecting the Classroom Experience, Fighting the Deficit

Ministry of Education

The passage of the Putting Students First Act protects the gains made in education while ensuring that the next two school years will be free from labour disruptions.

The Putting Students First Act - based on the memorandum of understanding between the government and the Ontario English Catholic Teachers' Association (OECTA) - gives school boards, teachers and support staff until Dec. 31 to engage in local collective bargaining and accept agreements consistent with the government's fiscal and policy priorities. These priorities include maintaining investments in full-day kindergarten, keeping class sizes small and protecting funds earmarked for the classroom.

Over the next two years, the Putting Students First Act will save taxpayers $2 billion.

Eliminating Ontario's deficit is the single most important step toward growing the economy, protecting and creating jobs, and preserving gains made in education. The McGuinty government is committed to working with all of its partners in education to eliminate the deficit while continuing to protect the classroom experience.

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“This legislation is another way our government is taking strong action to put students first and to maintain Ontario’s reputation as a world leader in publicly funded education. We’re working hard to protect the extraordinary gains we’ve made together in education over the last nine years.”

Laurel Broten

Minister of Education

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