April 8th, 2015

Statement by Ontario NDP Education Critic Lisa Gretzky on Peterborough Teacher Layoffs

Windsor – Ontario NDP Education Critic Lisa Gretzky issued the following statement.

“Kathleen Wynne promised that she wouldn’t cut education. But Liberal cuts mean that 118 contract teachers at the Kawartha Pine Ridge District School Board are being laid off. While the Premier claims that she will work with school boards to make sure decisions are in the best interests of students, she continues to corner cash-strapped boards and force them to  slash positions that directly impact student success.

Now, students at fifteen secondary schools across Peterborough, Clarington, and Northumberland County will lose well qualified educators. Students and families should not have to cope with less in classroom support and focused attention from faculty because the Liberals refuse to keep their promise not to cut education. Hard working contract teachers should not have to grapple with Liberal dishonesty by losing their livelihoods. New Democrats will continue to fight for front line education workers, students and Ontario families by standing up to Liberal cuts to education.”