The Ottawa-Carleton District School Board (OCDSB) and the Elementary Teachers` Federation of Ontario (ETFO) have reached a new collective agreement, bringing a sense of relief to educators and parents alike. The agreement is the result of months of negotiations and will have implications for teachers and students in the district.
The OCDSB ETFO collective agreement covers areas such as salaries, benefits, and working conditions for elementary teachers. One of the significant changes in the agreement is the salary increase. According to the agreement, teachers will receive an average salary increase of 2 percent per year over the next three years.
Another significant change is the reduction of class sizes. The agreement includes a commitment to reducing class sizes in junior and senior kindergarten, as well as grade 1 and 2. This will improve learning conditions for students, particularly those in the early grades.
The OCDSB ETFO collective agreement also includes provisions for additional support for special education students. This includes the hiring of more educational assistants and the creation of new positions for specialized teachers. These positions will be implemented over the next three years, improving the quality of education for students with special needs.
The agreement also includes language around professional development, giving teachers greater flexibility and autonomy to develop their teaching skills. This is a crucial aspect of the agreement as it ensures that teachers are equipped to provide high-quality education to students.
Overall, the OCDSB ETFO collective agreement is a positive development for teachers, students, and parents in the district. By addressing key issues such as salary increases, class sizes, and additional support for special education students, the agreement will lead to improved learning conditions and outcomes for students. It also provides teachers with the support they need to continue providing high-quality education to their students.