Nova Scotia continues to lay off teachers

Cuts to the education budget have led to downsize, says teachers’ union
||Last Updated: 04/27/2011

A total of 44 probationary teachers are being laid off inthe Halifax Regional School Board. This is the most recent announcement inteacher cutbacks being made across the province.

The Annapolis Valley Regional School Board is planning oncutting 27 teaching positions, while the Chignecto-Central Regional SchoolBoard will be shedding 17 teaching positions. The Strait Regional School Boardsaid it would cut 14 teachers.

Last week, the Cape Breton-Victoria Board issued layoffnotices to 14 of its permanent teachers as part of an overall reduction of 63full-time teachers.

The layoffs are a result of a $35 million cut to theeducation budget this year, according to the Nova Scotia Teacher Union (NSTU).

The union says that it will be students that experience therepercussions of these layoffs and that earlier statements by EducationMinister Ramona Jennex saying that these cutbacks would be “minimal” are wrong.

“This is not minimal,” says NSTU president Alexis Allen.“We’re talking about larger class sizes, more combined classrooms, and fewersupports for students.”

The NSTU says that they do not know how many teaching positionswill be lost in total.

The union is also in the middle of negotiating a newcollective agreement for its members with the Department of Education. Theirprevious agreement expired in July 31, 2010.

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