The Peel District School Board has been caught in this whirlpool of underfunding, resorting to tapping into reserves to bridge immense deficits. Now, with government underfunding compounded by the loss of critical COVID relief funding, we witness the departure of hundreds of educational assistants and early childhood educators. All this unfolds at a time when these roles are already alarmingly understaffed within Peel schools.
Amidst three tumultuous years and a troubling surge in violence and mental health challenges within our schools, our children demand unwavering support, not endless budget cuts. Ford and Lecce must prioritize investing in our schools, guaranteeing that compassionate Educational Assistants (EAs) and Early Childhood Educators (ECEs) are accessible to every child in need."
“Education workers have had to fight the current government for their rights and the respect they deserve, only to be met with termination. We do not do this job for the money because, let’s face it, the money isn’t there. We do this job because we are dedicated to supporting students and providing the supports they deserve.” - Melody Hurtubise, OPSEU Local 2100 President.