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Province Puts Kids and Learning First

first_imgThere are no layoffs of permanent teachers this year in Nova Scotia. “As I have said, any reductions in positions due to declining enrolments can and should be achieved through retirement and attrition,” said Education Minister Ramona Jennex. “Board members and their staff worked hard to meet their budget targets while protecting the classroom. Together we have put children and learning first.” At a special meeting Monday night, Cape Breton-Victoria Regional School Board announced it will not layoff 14 permanent contract teachers given notices in April. The board also rehired 17 teachers assistants and four cleaners. The decision to reinstate the positions follows one made earlier this month by Halifax Regional School Board, which revoked the layoff notices of 40 teachers. “Families want the best possible education for their children,” said Ms. Jennex. “That’s why the province and boards continue to make a considerable investment in public education this year. Our per-student funding is increasing. Average class sizes at the elementary and junior high grades, and our student-teacher ratio are at historic lows. “The funding we are providing boards this year will meet the needs and the numbers of students.”last_img read more

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