Aug 17, 2020
By Christine Ross
Premier Doug Ford took a swipe at teachers unions today, asking they be more flexible. “Why is it that the teachers’ unions, they constantly want to attack,” said Ford.
“Why don’t you be part of the solution instead of part of the problem. Everything you asked, we’ve changed it, anything you say, I want more cleaning, we gave you more cleaning, you want HVAC, we immediately jumped on HVAC, you want more teachers, we gave you access to the reserves.”
His comments come as his government rejects a plan by the Toronto District School Board that calls for a shorter school day and smaller class sizes. The government says the proposal doesn’t give students enough time in the classroom.
Ford even accused the unions of telling their members not to spend one extra minute in the classroom.
Education Minister Stephen Lecce says the ministry had a positive meeting with the TDSB Monday to talk about issues like teacher prep time, distancing and smaller class size.