Ontario’s Education Minister Lets Slip His New Plan Could Eliminate Secure Jobs for Special Educators

"Education Minister Stephen Lecce’s new ‘Supports for Students’ plan would ‘create a two-tier system of education’, support staff say"

Ontario Education Minister Stephen Lecce confirmed during a radio interview that his “Supports for Students Fund” is really a ploy to replace secure unionized teacher jobs with precarious, non-unionized positions.

Last week, Lecce presented the Support for Students Fund as a replacement of the previous Local Priorities Fund, which covers the salaries of special education staff.

Lecce claims the funding will be “equivalent” to the older fund, except the amount pledged is nearly one hundred million dollars lower.

On Friday, Ford’s education minister told London’s AM980 News that his new fund will “not necessarily” fund unionized teaching jobs:

“The Liberals had negotiated a program called the Local Priorities Fund. We’ve come up with a different but similar aim called the Support For Students Fund. The focus of that fund is for moneys to have more flexibility to get directly to help students, not necessarily to go through unions for only union members. As you know local boards and parents will have different needs, but if it means another EA or another special education teacher, those funds will be there.”

A press release released last week by Lecce’s ministry also emphasized that the new fund will provide “more flexibility.”

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Press Progress
March 10, 2020
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