NEWS RELEASE

Education Remains a Priority in Provincial Budget

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

TORONTO—March 27, 2009—The 2009-10 Ontario Budget continues to recognize the province’s publicly funded education system as a provincial priority within a very challenging economic environment. The Ontario Catholic School Trustees’ Association (OCSTA) views the education allocation in the budget as a welcome affirmation of the government’s multi-year commitment to initiatives in education designed to help students to realize success in our schools.

“These are difficult economic times for all sectors and I appreciate the steps the government has taken to maintain its support for effective initiatives around numeracy and literacy and secondary student success,” explains Paula Peroni, OCSTA president.

“We recognize that expenditure constraints contained in the budget are a response to the realities of the current economy. The overall increase in funding is welcome. We are, however, concerned about funding reductions in some specific areas such as information technology and textbooks. OCSTA will continue to work cooperatively and collaboratively with our member boards, the government and our education partners to address these concerns,” adds Peroni.

The intent of the province to introduce a harmonized sales tax appears to be fiscally neutral within the elementary and secondary education sector, although slight variations may occur from one school board to the next. OCSTA will carefully analyze the impact of this and other aspects of the announcement on our individual Catholic school boards.

The Ontario Catholic School Trustees’ Association is the provincial voice for publicly funded Catholic education. Founded in 1930, OCSTA represents the interests of Catholic school boards that collectively educate approximately 600,000 students in Ontario, from Junior Kindergarten to Grade 12.

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