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Elementary teachers to hit picket line Tuesday, Jan. 28

Elementary teachers in Hastings Prince Edward counties will take their turn on the picket line Tuesday, Jan. 28.

The Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO) announced Thursday its members will engage in the one-day strike in Kawartha Pine Ridge, Hastings Prince Edward and Upper Grand school boards, as well as Moosonee and Moose Factory Island.

The Hastings Prince Edward Board of Education is advising that students in JK-Grade 8 should not go to school on Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020. This strike does not affect students in Grades 9-12.

“ETFO is very disappointed that Ford’s Education Minister Lecce has not come back to the bargaining table to negotiate key issues affecting students, student learning and educators,” said ETFO President Sam Hammond. “It is now 35 days since ETFO’s last bargaining session on Dec. 19, 2019.”

“Minister Lecce is wrong when he says our strike action is about money. Ask any ETFO educator and they will tell you that lack of supports for children with special needs, large class sizes and the violent incidents occurring in classrooms due to lack of supports for students with unique learning needs are the reasons they are willing to go on strike,” added Hammond.

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