March 26, 2018
Ontario is making a significant investment to improve special education programs, put more teachers and support staff in classrooms, and help better prepare kids for their future.
Premier Kathleen Wynne was with Indira Naidoo-Harris, Minister of Education, and Arthur Potts, MPP Beaches-East York, at Kimberley Junior Public School in Toronto today to announce an investment of more than $300 million over three years that will help children with special education needs succeed.
This major funding increase will add more education workers and specialized support staff to classrooms, and eliminate the wait list to have a child's special education needs assessed. In total, Ontario will add about 2,000 new teachers and education workers, including:
Taken together, these actions will help to address concerns around challenges and disruptions for students in the classroom, providing educators with the resources to maintain healthy, safe, structured schools and creating an environment that promotes a life-long love of learning for all children.
Putting more education workers and supports in our schools is part of the government's plan to support care, create opportunity and make life more affordable during this period of rapid economic change. The plan includes free prescription drugs for everyone under 25, and 65 or over, through the biggest expansion of medicare in a generation, free tuition for hundreds of thousands of students, a higher minimum wage and better working conditions and easier access to affordable child care.
“Every day, parents across Ontario put their trust in our teachers and in our schools. And every day, our educators step up to deliver. But we know that there are gaps — gaps that are widening. Parents are telling us how frustrating it is to wait to have their child’s special education needs assessed. Teachers and educators are urging us to take action to make classrooms better and safer. To each and every person who has spoken out, I want you to know that we are listening. And that’s why we are doing even more. More to give our educators the tools to boost success in their classrooms. More to give every child the support they need to succeed in school and get onto a path to a happy and healthy life.”
“This major investment in our publicly funded education system ensures that every student in Ontario has the support they need to succeed in the classroom and in the world. These funds will help to build an education system that is inclusive, fair and promotes well-being. These investments will support vital programs and services for students so that they can reach their full potential.”
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