OPSBA Welcomes Increased Funding for Ontario Students

​Toronto, June 13, 2006- The Ontario Public School Boards' Association welcomes the provincial government's announcement of increased funding for public education. The government has demonstrated through the 2006-07 Grants for Student Needs announcement its continued commitment to support student achievement and learning.

OPSBA applauds the government's investment increase of $600 million in the grants that will allow school boards to take further positive steps to support student success. This represents an additional funding increase of $200 million over what was announced previously in the budget.

"OPSBA is pleased the government has made an investment in funding public education that is significant, necessary and justified," said OPSBA President Rick Johnson. "OPSBA supports a strong publicly funded education system in Ontario."

OPSBA welcomes the government?s reforms to the education funding model that increase transparency and shared accountability. Targeted funding for teacher salaries that reflects actual costs is a move in the right direction.

OPSBA will continue to work with the government to ensure continued respect for the principles of equity, funding adequacy, autonomy and flexibility for school boards.

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For more information, please contact:

Jeff Sprang
Communications
(416) 340-2540
6/13/2006