McGuinty Should Apologize
For a Premier who tried to make his mark being the education Premier, I must say Dalton McGuinty has really screwed up with the handling of the Putting Students First Act which stuck it to teachers, school boards, parents and kids for the almighty dollar, and if you want to really be sceptical, for partisan politics.
Now the government is adding insult to injury by rescinding the Act as of midnight claiming the government is promoting goodwill and stability in the schools. Not by a long shot, Dalton.
School boards say this law will cost them millions more and they have no way to raise the funds because they're at the whimsy of Queen's Park. For example, the boards says they'll need more adjudicators when teachers make short-term disability claims. The Peel public board says that alone will cost about $400-thousand a year extra just for that board.
At the Halton Board, the big complaint is that this law has handcuffed them in their ability to hire the best teachers. Instead the board will be forced to hire from those with the most seniority and of course those on the job the longest aren't automatically the best.
Amongst teachers there's friction. Some who want to do extra-curriculars many who don't. There are threats being made against those wanting to break away from union solidarity for the sake of their students.
My point is that this law, rescinded or not will have long term and negative ramifications on the entire public school education system in this province and leave a bitterness that is not likely to leave teachers anytime soon.
Premier, before you leave, before the Liberals give you your kiss off Friday night, you should apologize to all of us for creating such a bloody fiasco.