Premier McGuinty Helps Kids, Teachers Kick Off School Year
Improving Education Key Part Of The Open Ontario Plan
Premier McGuinty visited with students and teachers at Mount Joy Public School today to help kick off the school year.
Education is an important part of the Open Ontario Plan. Since 2003, the McGuinty government has made investments to strengthen our schools. This has led to significant improvements including:
- Higher test scores in Grades 3, 6 and 9
- Smaller class sizes in primary grades
- 400 new schools built or underway and 17,000 renovations and upgrades completed or underway
- No labour disruptions.
The next phase of the Open Ontario Plan is introducing full-day kindergarten so that our kids get off to a better start in reading, writing and math. Full-day kindergarten begins today in nearly 600 schools. It will be phased in over time and all publicly funded elementary schools should have it in place by 2015-16.
Students who achieve early success in school are more likely to go on to postsecondary education and get a good job. This will help Ontario have the skilled workforce needed to compete in the global economy.
- Ontario's nine-and 10-year-olds rank among the top students in the world for reading.
- 100 per cent of primary classes have 23 kids or less.
- Our graduation rate is up. It has jumped from 68 to 79 per cent since 2004.
“Our kids are doing better with smaller class sizes and higher test scores. More students are staying in school longer, and that leads to stronger workers and better jobs. Strong schools today lead to a strong economy tomorrow.”
“Ontario is on the right track when it comes to education. Parents and kids are seeing the results of our positive changes. Investing in the potential of our young people is one of the most important things we can do for our families and our economy.”