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Ontario teachers’ strike ramping up with more school closures | Power & Politics

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More Ontario schools will be closed in the weeks ahead as teachers’ strike ramp up across the province.


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A fair deal for Ontario taxpayers would be to amalgamate the school systems into one public system. Ontario taxpayers should not be footing the bill for both a Catholic-English and Catholic French system or any religion for that matter in 2020 and going forward. There is billions in cash tied in excess capital (underutilized real estate post amalgamation) and operating costs (excess teachers, administrators, care taking staff and other operating costs). Ford looks like a hypocrite whining with teachers over class sizes, mandatory online learning, preservation of full day kindergarten and funding for special needs students. Even the teachers' demand for a pay hike is pointless since even if they get their requested 2% annual raises for three years they have lost more than that in terms of earnings this year due to the multiple one day strikes. Ford attempted to cancel a useless french language university and flip flopped but will he take the axe to the school boards like he did to Toronto City Council?

Author — Sam195

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Well the street's of Toronto already have alot of uneducated kids we do not need any more! Kids today learn are not notting any thing.👈👀

Author — Kevon Thomas

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As a school bus driver  I witnessed teachers on a field trip opening the emergency door and sounding the alarm to let students on a field trip out the back of the bus at the destination . The teachers learned a valuable lesson from me . afterwards The kids are smarter than the teachers.

Author — tube dude

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I don't mind getting money every day they strike

Author — ella

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Keep the unions and go to full 12 month work year - easy to make up classes and keep class size numbers down, give the small raise and make parity with other public service

Author — A H

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What about folks who no longer have kids in the education system, tax refunds?

Author — Grakky TheGrakky

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Its not the teachers or the auto workers etc., etc.. Lets talk about profit margins. Lets talk about jobs lost to less developed regions... You want to make Canada soar again? Lets start with some good jobs. We don't want to hear your latest (unspecified) part time job numbers, we're out there working and we know the numbers, we want to see some actions taken by our government that show us your not just a bunch of corporate puppets. We are after all paying you quite well so lets see what you can do!

Author — dj123

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Wouldn't it be nice, to protest Sam Hammond's home from 6pm to 6am?

Author — Mark Eves

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FIRE THOSE LEECHES --TEACHERS ARE THIEVES

Author — ali kani

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Any other parents fed up with the whole situation
The unions are holding us all captive and Ford, Tory and Trudeau are doing absolutely nothing about it
Thinking about starting my own protest, anyone with me?

Author — SUE Weisberg

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FIRE THOSE LEECHES --TEACHERS ARE THIEVES

Author — ali kani

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Let the teachers strike for the Go E-learning... fire the teachers.
Why are taxpayers money going to fund Catholic schooling ?
A religious school for public funding is nonsense.
Public has had enough of teachers greed...…. They care about and not the kids.

Author — Leb Bor

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Fire and re hire someone will be grateful for their jobs and their pensions :)

Author — Aria Jade

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How many times have teachers cried wolf in the last 10-15 years? They are going on strike over and over. It's annoying. Them and postal workers.

Author — Jack

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Teachers already make more than a full paid construction worker with legal papers, they even make the same salary than police officers! Damn liberal school teachers always cry and want more! I SAY NO! They already teach stuff that most parents don't want for their children!

Author — Mario Lavoie

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I couldn't care less, the educational system is absolute garbage. teach yourself.

Author — Iown291

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Reduced class sizes have always been an issue. The Gov’t tries to fool parents by telling them that the AVERAGE class size for high school is 25 kids. That number is part of a formula & several things can be happening WITHOUT THE PARENTS’ KNOWLEDGE.

In 1 instance, that teacher can be given one class such as
UNIVERSITY- LEVEL SCIENCE & MATH COURSES (Important knowledge needed in order for your child to be successful in University)! NOT ALL STUDENTS TAKE THESE COURSES because they are very difficult, or because some students might be taking an arts degree in University, or not going to University. As a result, that course might only have ~17 KIDS in ONE of these classes. That might sound great, but what parents don’t know is, THE FORMULA MEANS, THAT SAME TEACHER CAN ALSO BE GIVEN A CLASS OF 45 GRADE 9 SCIENCE STUDENTS IN ONE PERIOD, & 40 GRADE 9 MATH STUDENTS IN ANOTHER!

HOW MUCH PHYSICAL DISTANCING & SAFETY WILL THERE BE FOR YOUR CHILD IN A CLASSROOM THAT CAN’T EVEN FIT THAT NUMBER OF DESKS, NEVER-MIND STUDENTS? YOUR CHILD WILL BE TOUCHING SHOULDERS WITH 2 OTHER STUDENTS, ALL DAY LONG!

Also, HOW CAN YOUR CHILD POSSIBLY LEARN SOME OF THE MOST IMPORTANT Skills & Knowledge upon which the REST of their ENTIRE high school performance will be based in classes with so many other students?

ANOTHER situation happens in really small schools who have very few students is, the might be 10 kids taking one class, 10 in another, & 10 in another, SO THEY PUT ALL 30 kids in ONE classroom, AT THE SAME TIME! TECHNICALLY, that teacher only has 10 kids per each CLASS, but it also means that SAME TEACHER is planning, prepping, & teaching 3 SEPARATE courses IN 1 CLASSROOM, AT THE SAME TIME, IN ONLY ONE PERIOD. How much time would 1 student get with that teacher in that class, if he/she needs a little more help? Also, because technically THAT SAME TEACHER only has a class size of 10 in that 1 period, he/she CAN ALSO BE GIVEN 2 other classes with sizes of 46, & 45. It’s a formula! DO YOU WANT YOUR CHILD IN THOSE CLASSES?

Moreover, imagine teaching a Grade 9 Science Class of 45 students. FIRST of all, that classroom CANNOT HOLD 45 DESKS! This means that many of THESE KIDS are SHARING ONE, SMALL, SINGLE-PERSON DESK, THAT is about 1.3 FEET IN LENGTH & SMALLER IN WIDTH.

HOW MUCH DISTANCING WILL YOUR CHILD HAVE FROM OTHER STUDENTS IN THE CLASSROOM!

SECONDLY, YOUR CHILD WILL PROBABLY GET APPROX 1.5 MINUTES OF
ONE-ON-ONE TIME with that teacher. Most kids need time for, at the very least,
1 question, but many need more!

THIRD, THE SCHOOL DOES NOT HAVE THE LABORATORY EQUIPMENTS FOR KIDS TO DO ANY EXPERIMENTS. In addition, this TEACHER CANNOT POSSIBLY SUPERVISE OVER 45 KIDS DOING DANGEROUS LAB-WORK! Lastly, there isn’t enough Lab Equipment for that number of kids anyway, even if they are in a group with 5 kids. How much TIME will YOUR CHILD have to ACTUALLY PERFORM THE EXPERIMENT & EXPERIENCE SO MANY AMAZING THINGS? It has been this way for at least 10 years! WHY IS THAT OKAY WITH PARENTS?

Looking at going back to school in Ontario, from EVERY ANGLE, HOW SAFE ARE YOUR CHILDREN? A few days ago, a 6yr-old caught COVID-19 after starting school. He had NO underlying conditions, but he still died, after suffering for days.

IF MORE PARENTS MADE IT KNOWN TO THE GOVERNMENT THAT THESE CLASS SIZES ARE UNACCEPTABLE, THE GOVERNMENT WILL CHANGE. IT’S THE ONLY WAY FOR YOUR CHILDREN TO GET A DECENT EDUCATION & remain alive!

Author — K Town

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Teachers use students as pens and hide behind them. Its pitifull all this we want this and we want that for FOR THE KIDS o ya we want more money too o er 90 grand a year to work 8 months a year 8 hrs a day 5 days a week? I know a teacher he told me between class change a lunch brake and settling in he works 4 to 5 hrs a day. I have no support for the greedy basterds whose union is owned by maple leafs sports entertainment its s greed

Author — Lucas Maclean

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Lmfao let the strikes keep going before march break then the province should lock the teachers out so they get none of their 5 day holiday pay for march break. Then when they likely go on a full on strike peeved about the lost holiday pay Ford can then pass back to work legislation and they can mope while they go back to work in the classroom.

Author — Sam195

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Striking for that pay raise even though they make six figures

Author — whushaw