Peel school board estimated to lose hundreds of teachers in four years

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According to a report by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA), the Peel District School Board (PDSB) is estimated to lose 616 high school teachers over the course of the next four years due to larger class sizes.

The Ministry of Education (EDU) is projected to spend $31.6 billion in 2019-20. Over the next five years, ministry spending is projected to slow to 1.0 per cent average annual growth. In contrast, education core cost drivers are projected to increase to 2.7 per cent average annual growth as the population will more than double from 2018 to 2023.

Due to the increase in growth and decrease in spending, the province has announced that they will increase class sizes and propose legislation to limit public sector compensation growth.

“Here in Peel, the school year has begun with 73 secondary teachers who no longer have permanent positions, which has resulted in over 420 fewer classes for secondary students. All this despite an increase in secondary student enrolment,” said Andrew Sobolewski, president of the teacher bargaining unit of the Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation District 19, in a statement.

“The cuts will continue to have a negative impact on our students and on the economy. They will limit the opportunities for students and will have negative personal, social, and fiscal impacts for Ontario. And this is only the first of four years of planned cuts to public education,” he added.

The report also indicated that other education workers across Ontario will also be impacted. This includes support staff, office assistants, psychologists, social workers and other educational personnel.

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