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(Canada) Ontario teachers on strike; demands include more funds for SPED

Feb 21, 2020, Global News: Entire Ontario public school system closed, millions out of class Friday as teachers strike https://globalnews.ca/news/6575272/ontario-wide-teachers-strike/ Over two million Ontario students were out of class Friday as the province’s four largest education unions held a provincewide strike, resulting in a complete shut down of the public education system. Members of the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO), Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation (OSSTF), Ontario English Catholic Teachers Association (OECTA), and Association des enseignantes et des enseignants franco-ontariens (AEFO) all hit the picket lines, as tensions between the unions and the provincial government continued to increase…. In Toronto, thousands of educators filled the streets around Queen’s Park, though the legislature wasn’t sitting. In the lead up to the protest, the unions estimated that around 30,000 educators would attend…. “Our members are very clear. They will not compromise the level of education that our students receive every day across this province,” OECTA president Liz Stuart said. ETFO says their key issues include more funding to hire special education teachers, and guaranteeing full-day kindergarten in the future.