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E a s t e r n   U p d a t e - Friday November 20, 2003

Throne Speech seen as positive for teachers and education

Yesterday the new liberal government delivered the Speech from the Throne – the tone and substance of the speech was a welcome change for teachers. The government has indicated that it would eliminate the “teacher testing” program and put in place a “revitalized College of Teachers”. Teacher testing legislation includes both the teacher induction test as well as the recertification program, which we have been protesting since its inception.

Another significant component of the speech is the fact that both the private school tax credit and seniors’ education credit will be repealed. This means that $700 million dollars will not be lost to our education sector, nor will we have to make significant cuts to accommodate that budget shortfall.

Attention Beginning Teachers

OECTA THE NEXT GENERATION, a conference sponsored by OECTA provincial, will take place on February 13 and 14th, 2004 in Toronto. You should have already received a brochure outlining this conference in your school directly from provincial office. OECTA and the school board will be providing support for teachers who want to attend this conference. We encourage teachers to submit their names to Provincial office as soon as possible and also send a copy to the local unit office for support.

Registrants will be admitted at provincial on a first come first serve basis and financial support will also be given to participants on a first come first serve basis – so get your names into provincial office and here to the unit as soon as possible.

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Mark February 7th on your calendar – that is the annual OECTA curling bonspiel.

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