Parents have a right to know what’s really at stake in the current contract negotiations between Ontario’s teachers and the Liberal government. But ask most Ontarians about the issues being negotiated, and they’ll most likely either think it’s about salaries and benefits, or draw a blank. And parents just want teachers and the government to make a deal before Back to School begins.
But the issues being discussed at the bargaining table are more than just about salaries. They are about cuts to prep time, increased workload and a shifting emphasis to data collection that will have a very real impact on the quality of education in Ontario.
OECTA President Ann Hawkins outlines in The Huffington Post how the issues affecting teachers will also affect students, and makes the case as to why Ontarians should understand that teachers matter.