Teachers’ unions, parents and advocacy groups say they fear the Ontario government is considering a move to a permanent online learning stream. The groups raised the alarm after Education Minister Stephen Lecce announced on Tuesday that students would be offered an option to learn online in the next school year. He also said the province has committed to consulting on providing an online option going forward. Critics say a permanent change would divert funds from in-person learning and weaken the public education system.
Students deserve a fully funded education system.
Online learning will shift $$ away from public education + create a two tiered system.
Experts agree, this plan wrong + will be detrimental to students.
— OSSTF Communications (@osstf) May 5, 2021
From People for Education @Anniekidder adds that the move to an independent virtual learning centre is not good for students, families and public #onted. There is a need for resources that are targeted to undue the damage and address the biggest crisis we’ve ever faced. #onpoli pic.twitter.com/Enm2pScBtL
— Elementary Educators (@ETFOeducators) May 5, 2021
— Catholic Teachers (@OECTAProv) May 5, 2021
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