Premier Kathleen Wynne visited Westwood Public School in Guelph today, and promised to protect Ontario’s education in the face of Tim Hudak’s 100,000 Pink Slip Pledge that would cut teachers and hurt the development of our children.
Under the Liberals, Ontario has implemented Full-Day Kindergarten (FDK) for 184,000 children in 2,600 schools, giving children their best start in life. Starting this September, all four-and-five year olds across Ontario will have access to the program which can save families up to $6,500 in childcare costs. The program features one teacher and one early childhood educator in every classroom, ensuring children get the attention and support they deserve.
The program has helped build Ontario’s reputation for having one of the world's best education systems. Premier Kathleen Wynne plans to build on this reputation, and give our students the resources and support they need to compete and succeed in the global economy.
The Hudak PCs' plan to slash services and jobs would mean fewer teachers, support workers and early childhood educators in our schools, putting the future success of our students and programs like FDK at risk.
Tim Hudak would reverse gains Liberals have made to give children the best possible start in life, decimate the quality of education and guarantee a deterioration of services on an even larger scale than during the disruptive cuts of the Mike Harris years.
"Tim Hudak's 100,000 Pink Slip Pledge would hurt families, harm children, cut critical services and devastate our economy. I could see very directly the damage done to our schools during the Harris years and the war unleashed in education. That might not trouble the Hudak PCs, but Liberals will always stand by investments made in a strong publicly-funded education system."
--- Premier Kathleen Wynne
Research shows that children who attend FDK are better prepared for Grade 1.
Seventy-one per cent of children in Grade three and six are achieving the high provincial standards in reading, writing and math – an increase from 54 per cent in 2003.
Ninety-five per cent of children in this province attend a publicly funded school, proof of the system’s world-class quality.
Our high school graduation rate has gone from 68 per cent in 2003 to 83 per cent this year.
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