TORONTO — Today, Stephen Lecce, Minister of Education, issued the following statement regarding the Government’s intent to reduce class sizes:
“I remain mission-focused on ensuring students stay in class, receiving a world-class education.
Last week I said that all options were on the table when it came reaching a deal, and keeping kids in class. To that end, and to ensure we keep kids in class, I have instructed my negotiating team to give a proposal to OSSTF that includes reducing the funded average high school class size from 28 students to 25 students.
This is a reasonable offer, and I am disappointed OSSTF has decided to ignore it and move closer to job action. My team is ready to continue meeting to negotiate a deal that is focused on our students, ensures our children remain in class, and provides the predictability our parents deserve.
We continue to call on all parties to reach a deal in good faith, as soon as possible, to provide confidence and predictability to parents, students, and educators alike.”