Thousands rally against proposed changes to education

blackburnnews | April 08, 2019

Over 30,000 educators, students and parents gathered at Queen’s Park in Toronto this weekend to protest against proposed changes being made to Ontario’s education system.The rally was held on Saturday afternoon at the Ontario Legislature. It was organized by members from five different unions and protesters arrived in over 150 buses from across the province.Michele LaLonge-Davey is the president of CUPE 1238, which represents education workers in The Lambton Kent District School Board. She said when she first heard the Ford Government’s plan to cut public education funding, including increasing class sizes, she immediately felt bad for the impact it would have on students.“We pride ourselves on delivering services to the students in the province of Ontario,” she said. “We stress the publically funded, publically delivered system that we work in.”One of the other buses that attended the rally was led by Dave Geroux, president of CUPE 4168, representing education workers in the St. Clair Catholic District School Board. Geroux’s bus started in Windsor and travelled to London, picking up local education workers on the way before finally reaching Toronto. “The way that the government is making cuts to education right now, to the school system, they’re cutting a lot of the key services, things that are going to affect students’ wellbeing. We’re rallying for a change to that, for investments in the school services rather than cuts,” he said.

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As educators, we want our students to be happy, healthy, and prepared to reach their highest potential. These aspirations are most often possible when children have environments that provide safety, support, love, and nurturing. Unfortunately, this is far from reality for almost half of the children in the United States – about 35 million – who have experienced one or more types of trauma.

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