Annual Meeting Session 3 has adjourned for lunch. Look for video of the Minister’s speech later this afternoon on this website.
The Minister of Education finishes taking questions and is thanked by First Vice-President Swackhammer.
Minister commended by delegates for reduced class size in primary, asked to deal with sizes in Junior & Intermediate divisions.
Minister of Ed defends the School Information Finder – provides better information on schools than Fraser Institute.
First 2 questions to Minister : wage freeze for public elementary teachers who are paid less than all other teacher groups in Ontario? Minister responds that the wage freeze legislation has been passed. Public elementary teachers should support the government because of their significant investments in education.
Minister of Ed: Expects boards to provide training to employees on implementation of Bill 157.
Minister of Ed: Govt will continue to emphasize school safety – Bill 157 requires teachers to report student violence, bullying.
Minister of Ed: Govt will continue to provide accurate info on achievement. No moratorium on EQAO testing.
Minister of Ed: Outlines the Early Learning Program, extended day program. Thanks #ETFO president for helping shape ELP legislation.