Imagine the scene as Madame Bonprof goes through her day: the gas tank in her car is full in anticipation of the drive to the two schools where she teaches core French; her plastic milk crate contains all of her materials – flashcards, CD player, CDs, a set of textbooks enough for half the class,
For many decades there has been a funding gap in Ontario’s education system. When school boards had some control over education spending they, like the provincial government, discriminated against elementary students and teachers by allocating more dollars per pupil to the secondary panel.
In February ETFO launched the ﬁrst stage of Closing the Gap, our campaign to achieve equitable funding for elementary education in this province.
As a teacher federation ETFO supports your work in many ways: negotiating salaries and working conditions; promoting and defending your status as a professional; providing opportunities for professional development.
This issue of Voice, devoted to professional learning, is special in a number of ways.
ETFO Members are members of a profession that is unparalleled in its capacity to make a difference in our society. ETFO itself has shown time and time again that it plays a signiﬁcant role in improving the lives of our members and building stronger communities.
This is the ﬁrst of a four-part history of Ontario public elementary teachers and their federations. We will learn about ETFO and its predecessor organizations, the challenges they faced and the victories they achieved.
With the next provincial election set for October 2007, the Liberal government is well into the second half of its first term of office. How well is the government doing in keeping its promises? What initiatives do we anticipate in the months ahead?