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Work-to-rule campaigns started by Ontario elementary, high school teachers

Edited on 2019-11-25

Ontario's public elementary and high school teachers have launched work-to-rule campaigns after the little progress in contract talks with the government.

They have stopped some administrative services such as putting comments on
report cards. Neither will they attend certain meetings nor take part in standardized testing. The union states the strike actions will not affect student learning. Issues at the table between the government and high school teachers include larger class sizes, fewer course options, mandatory high school e-learning and support for things like special education.

Education Minister Stephen Lecce claimed the government has walked back some contentious items. The high school class sizes, for example, would be increased from 22 to 28 over four years, but now it has offered a class-size increase to 25 instead. In addition, teachers would be required to complete two online credits to graduate, instead of four as announced in the spring.

However, Ontario Secondary School Teachers' Federation president Harvey Bischof believed that will just leave the education system "somewhat worse" instead of "much worse." Therefore, the escalation of the strike will be carried out as pressure on the government at the bargaining table.