Public education: It’s for everyone
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Education workers in Ontario have a long tradition of providing students with the knowledge, skills and sense of community they need to find success and contribute in a meaningful way to the social and economic fabric of a prosperous and dynamic province. OSSTF/FEESO members are committed to that tradition, but we also recognize that, in a rapidly growing and changing Ontario, there’s always more work to do to ensure that public education continues to meet the needs of all who rely on it. Ontario’s public education system is perhaps the province’s most important asset, and OSSTF/FEESO members will continue to dedicate their time and energy to protecting and enhancing that system, just as we have for almost 100 years. We believe that the publicly-funded education system should recognize the following principles:
1. UNIVERSALITY—access for everyone;
2. COMPREHENSIVENESS—opportunity for everyone;
3. PROFICIENCY—achievement for everyone, and
4. ACCOUNTABILITY—value for everyone.
We think Ontario’s government should have a similar commitment to ensuring that public education works for everyone.