ETFO members have spent the last year standing up for the right to engage in free collective bargaining. In the process, we experienced some rude awakenings: a Liberal government that betrayed a decade-long relationship with education professionals and a growing bias against unions. The broader context of this experience helps us to both better understand the anti-union sentiment and fight against it.
The last year has been a tumultuous one for education Politics in Ontario and one that has seen democratic rights and principles die on the altar of political expediency.
Darlene Ciuffetelli Parker from Brock University, and Joe Flessa from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto – studied 11 schools in poor neighbourhoods. Their case studies focus on seven of these schools and what they do every day to ensure that all students are provided with the best opportunity for success.
The political advertising campaign ETFO undertook this fall was the most visible – and the most controversial – campaign the federation has ever conducted.
Gabe's journey began when he was a little boy of eight in public school. By the time he was in grade 12, he had been living with homophobia every day since he started high school. The day he had enough and physically fought back was the day I stopped hoping he would be okay in school.
A severe budget cirsis and a president bent on turning public education on its head have given Republican-led states in the United States a convenient excuse to attack union rights, public education and teachers.
The education of First Nations children in Canada has a dark history. Today, as Grand Chief Stan Beardy told ETFO's annual meeting, inadequate funding means many students have to leave their families and communities to get an education.
From 1967 to 1970, members of the Royal Commission on the Status of Women in Canada travelled around the country, charged with “inquir[ing] into ... the status of women in Canada ... to ensure for women equal opportunities with men in all aspects of Canadian society.”
In Hastings-Prince Edward, the Eleemntary Teachers' Federation Teacher Local (ETFO H-PE) has become mroe than an organization for its members - it is an integral part of the community.