High school teachers with the Algoma District School Board took part in a one-day strike on Wednesday, along with select boards across the province.
“We’re hoping that the government will see that we are being serious, that we want to negotiate in good faith with them to fight for the rights of our students and the privileges of our students,” District Two Algoma District President Terri-Lyn Della Penta told SaultOnline at a strike outside of Superior Heights on Wednesday morning.
“We’re not going to back down, we’re going to fight for what we believe will bring the best supports in place for our students to be successful.”
Della Penta said part of these negotiations include taking class-size caps completely off the table, as larger class sizes will negatively affect students.
“They want to increase class sizes and we don’t want that to happen because we know that students will suffer with larger class sizes,” she said.
“That is our main goal.”
Class sizes in the Algoma District School Board currently vary based on strand of learning and grade, but Della Penta said, contractually, they never exceed 30 students.
Protestors also picketed outside of local MPP Ross Romano’s office on Wednesday afternoon.