Radio Ad: Fix the Education Funding Formula
In August 2017, ETFO released a report called “Shortchanging Ontario’s Students: An Overview and Assessment of Education Funding in Ontario.” ETFO’s report revealed that the province spends $612 less per year on an elementary students’ education in comparison to the education of a secondary student.
For the elementary panel, the funding gap means: larger class sizes, fewer specialist teachers, fewer supports for students with special needs, fewer resources for teachers to plan and prepare (e.g., less preparation time than their elementary counterparts).
Addressing the funding gap between elementary and secondary has been an ETFO goal in previous bargaining rounds of negotiations. To raise public awareness of the funding gap for elementary students, ETFO issued this radio ad in 2017: