Statement by Minister Sandals on OSSTF Vote
This evening, Liz Sandals, Minister of Education, issued the following statement:
"I am pleased that members of the Ontario Secondary School Teachers' Federation (OSSTF) have voted in favour of the agreement reached with our government.
Our government and OSSTF have come a long way toward rebuilding our relationship in a collaborative approach which reaffirms our commitment to delivering excellence in our secondary schools for Ontario's students. That new way forward has also seen our teachers, support staff and students return to enjoying extra-curricular activities.
The idea of living within the existing funding envelope for education was by no means an impediment to the agreement. Instead, it was a catalyst for innovative thinking, collaborative problem-solving and the renewal of our proud partnership with Ontario's public high school teachers, support staff and school boards.
I want to thank everyone who participated in reaching this agreement and all those who voted in favour of it. All parties showed a willingness to seek common ground in support of our common goal - higher levels of student achievement. The result is an agreement that is fair for taxpayers, federation members and school boards, but the real winners are Ontario's students."