Job Cuts Coming To Public School Board

Wednesday June 5th, 2019

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The union that represents Educational Support Staff and Professional Student Services Personnel for the Public School board says they have been informed that a number of positions will be eliminated in order to balance the budget.

The union says that this reduction in service levels will mean that children lose support and wait longer for much-needed psychoeducational assessments, speech and language intervention and mental health services.

“My members were devastated by the job loss and even more upset that front-line supports are being cut which support our most vulnerable students”, stated Kristen Garrett-Spanswick, President of the Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation Educational Support Staff in Greater Essex. “There is no doubt that the current government has thrown our education system into chaos and there is also no doubt that students will feel the largest impact.”

They say that the service cuts based on reduced government funding will be detrimental and disruptive to the education of students diagnosed or struggling with learning disabilities, autism, mental health, behavioural challenges, poor attendance, poverty, and other complex needs.

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