The Ontario English Catholic Teachers` Association (OECTA) recently reached an agreement with the Ontario government for the year 2020. The agreement comes after months of tense negotiations and strikes by teachers across the province.
The new agreement includes several key provisions. One of the most significant is a salary increase for teachers. Under the agreement, teachers will receive a 1% raise for the current school year, followed by a 1.5% increase next year and a 1% increase in the final year of the agreement. This is a significant win for teachers, who had been pushing for higher pay in light of the rising cost of living in Ontario.
The agreement also includes provisions for hiring more teachers and support staff. This is important for addressing the issue of class sizes, which has been a major point of contention between teachers and the government. The agreement allows for the hiring of 1,600 new teachers and 1,000 more educational workers across the province.
Another important provision of the agreement is increased support for special education students. The agreement includes more funding for programs and resources for students with special needs, as well as additional training for teachers to help them better meet the needs of these students.
Overall, the OECTA agreement for 2020 is a step forward for teachers and students in Ontario. It shows that both sides are willing to work together to address the issues facing the education system in the province. While there are still challenges to be addressed, this agreement represents progress and a commitment to improving education in Ontario.