The following letter was sent to TDSB Director John Malloy on June 15, 2017.
June 15, 2017
John Malloy, Director of Education
Toronto District School Board
5050 Yonge Street
Toronto, Ontario M2N 5N8
Dear Director Malloy,
The Elementary Teachers of Toronto Full-Day Kindergarten (FDK) workgroup recently had several meetings with TDSB Executive Staff, in which two pressing concerns were raised:
- Supportive, staggered entry of (new) Kindergarten students each September.
- The need for equitable distribution of Kindergarten students, per class, within each school.
Currently, many schools have Kindergarten classes of unequal size, with some at, or around, 30 students, while others, in the same school, only have 15.
The staffing models in these schools place a Designated Early Childhood Educator (DECE) in the classes at, or around, 30 students, while those at 15, in the same school, have only a teacher and no DECE partner.
At our last meeting, the ETT FDK workgroup and I requested a final June meeting to discuss these time sensitive issues.
Instead, we have been put off, with an answer that these are labour relations/bargaining issues.
Understandably, FDK teachers and education workers, along with impacted parents and families, are once again feeling that their concerns are being ignored (until our next round of bargaining?).
We are requesting another meeting to resolve these issues within the structure of the FDK workgroup sessions before the end of the school year.
On Behalf of Elementary Teachers of Toronto
Colleen Russell-Rawlins, TDSB
John Weatherup, CUPE 4400