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Our children’s education must be a top priority for our province.

Public education is at a breaking point. Violence in our schools is increasing at an alarming rate. The needs of students are more complex than ever. And we just don’t have enough teachers to deal with it all. Parents are on edge. Kids are stressed. Teachers can’t focus on teaching. The lack of resources is having a detrimental effect on learning and safety, and the future of our entire province.

These are our children. This is our future. If public education is not a top priority for our province, we should NOT be okay with that.

Violence in our schools has doubled in the past two years

Fact:

Violence in our schools has doubled in the past two years.

In the first two months of this school year alone, 29 incidents of violence were reported per day, on average. Just two years earlier, that average was much lower — 15 reported incidents per day, for the full school year.

Students are stressed. Children can’t learn if they don’t feel safe and secure.

Parents are worried about sending their kids to school.

Teachers are beyond frustrated. When they have to deal with aggressive behaviours, they can’t focus on what they came here to do – teach our children.

What’s NOT OKAY in our schools?

It’s a long list.  
  • Violence in our schools has doubled in the last two years.
  • There is a desperate shortage of teachers, with positions unfilled and administrators scrambling daily to plug the gaps.
  • Student needs have never been more complex, and there aren’t enough teachers to give them what they need to succeed.
  • Many classrooms have too many students, causing disruption and making learning very difficult.
  • There is a lack of student supports, like guidance counselors. Children who are struggling are falling through the cracks.
  • Teachers can’t focus on teaching when they have to deal with aggressive behaviours.
  • Without adequate resources, our inclusive education model doesn’t work for anyone.
  • A lack of overall stability means teachers and students face daily uncertainty. Sticking to a lesson plan can be impossible.
  • Advanced learners are not getting the attention they need to excel. Our future leaders are being shortchanged.
  • All these problems are driving great teachers away from the profession, compounding the teacher shortage even more.
  • Recruiting new teachers is becoming increasingly difficult because of all the challenges teachers face today.

OUR STATEMENTS

We clearly expressed our needs and expectations, and now — our disappointment.

Our Call for Help
Our Reaction to Budget 2024

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Media Centre

March 26, 2024

CBC On the Go – NLTA’s New Violence Awareness Campaign

March 26, 2024

CBC Here & Now – Violence in Schools is Increasing

March 26, 2024

NTV Evening Newshour Early Edition – Violence in Schools

March 26, 2024

NTV Evening Newshour – Increasing Violence in Schools

March 26, 2024

VOCM Open Line – Violence in Schools

March 26, 2024

VOCM The Tim Powers Show – Violence in Schools

March 26, 2024

CBC 5pm News – Violence in the Classroom

March 26, 2024

VOCM Evening News – Violence in Schools

What our government does next will impact our province for years to come.

Education affects our economy

Investing in our kids is key to solving our labour shortage. A quality education also leads to higher incomes, less reliance on social services, more entrepreneurship, and more tax revenue to re-invest in our province.

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Education affects our health

Our health care system is struggling. Much of this is beyond our control, but investing in education is an essential part of the solution. When we give every child the tools to manage their own health, we give our province a healthier future.

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Education affects our communities

Our province is built on community, and that community spirit starts in the classroom. Our educators need time to build relationships with students. When we invest in education, we get more engaged and active citizens, less crime, and better social outcomes.

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