Stephen Lecce, Minister of Education, said today he is "disappointed that ETFO (Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario) has decided to escalate to a partial withdrawal of services, which hurts our kids, despite a limited number of outstanding items at the table."
The Government and the Council of Trustees' Association (CTA) have continued to table reasonable and expanded offers through the negotiation process with only one interest in mind: landing a deal that keeps our kids in class says a news release from Lecce.
"Furthermore, it is disheartening to see that ETFO has decided to specifically target several initiatives and resources designed to improve students' confidence and knowledge in math. The singular victim of this escalation is our kids. Given that far too many students across the province continue to struggle with math, this move will clearly hurt students in, and beyond, the classroom," Lecce continued.
Today the ETFO said it is preparing members for a work-to-rule strike action that begins on Tuesday, November 26.