Feb 012015
 

En cette période d’austérité idéologique qui mine le climat social, voici certains des principaux points contenus dans l’offre que le gouvernement a faite aux enseignantes et enseignants et aux élèves du Québec dans le cadre des négociations aux tables sectorielles.

Une augmentation majeure du nombre d’élèves par classe

  • Retour aux ratios d’il y a plus de 15 ans, donc ajout moyen de 2 à 5 élèves par classe, souvent plus, pouvant même aller jusqu’à 11 dans certains cas !
  • Pour les écoles en milieu défavorisé, retour au même ratio que les autres écoles
  • Abolition de la moyenne du nombre d’élèves par classe ; seul le maximum d’élèves servira
  • Ajout de 5 motifs pour dépasser le maximum d’élèves par classe

Plus d’élèves en difficulté dans les classes

  • Retrait de la valeur pondérée de catégories d’élèves en difficulté pour la composition de la classe (pondération à priori)
  • Retrait des définitions des élèves en difficulté d’apprentissage permettant de les identifier pour mieux les aider

Atteintes importantes à la tâche

  • Augmentation du temps de présence à l’école en faisant passer de 32 à 35 heures par semaine le temps de travail assigné par la direction (fin du temps de nature personnelle servant pour la préparation et la correction)
  • Recul sur l’entrée progressive au préscolaire et ajout de la possibilité de former des groupes à plus d’une année d’études entre la maternelle et la 1re année
  • Abolition de la distance de 50 km comme limite pour muter une enseignante ou un enseignant (contexte de fusions de commissions scolaires)

Atteintes importantes à l’autonomie professionnelle

  • Perfectionnement prescrit par l’employeur
  • Imposition de certains outils d’enseignement

Abolition du plancher d’emploi en formation professionnelle et à la formation générale des adultes

Fin de l’obligation de respecter la liste de rappel pour la formation sur mesure

Et ce n’est qu’un petit aperçu de ce cauchemar ! Il est clair que ce sont les élèves et les enseignantes et enseignants qui écopent.

Tous ensemble, signifions au gouvernement que ces offres sont inacceptables !

S’il vous plaît ajouter vos voix à la pétition en suivant ce lien:

https://www.assnat.qc.ca/fr/exprimez-votre-opinion/petition/Petition-5071/index.html

Feb 012015
 

The current ideology of austerity embraced by this government is meant to undo Quebec’s social infrastructures. The Government’s offer to Quebec’s teachers in this round of negotiations serves to prove that. Here are some points from their sectorial offer deposited on Dec 16, 2014.

A major increase in the number of students per class:

  • Return to the ratios of fifteen years ago, adding an average of two to five students per class, often more, with the possibility of eleven more in some cases!
  • For schools in economically disadvantaged areas, a return to the same ratio as other schools
  • Abolition of average class sizes: only the maximum number of students will be respected
  • Addition of five reasons to legally justify exceeding the maximum number of students per class

More students with special needs in each class:

  • Elimination of weighting of students with special needs in making up a class (a priori weighting)
  • Elimination of the definitions of various learning difficulties which identified students in order to help them better

Significant attacks on teacher workload:

  • Increase in presence time at school from 32 to 35 hours a week to be assigned by administration (no more time for personal work for preparation and correcting)
  • Elimination of progressive entry for preschool and addition of the possibility to form multilevel groups between kindergarten and Grade One
  • Abolition of the 50 km limit to transfer a teacher (in the context of school board fusions)

Significant attacks on professional autonomy:

  • Professional improvement prescribed by the employer
  • Imposition of specific teaching methods

Elimination of a minimum number of jobs in technical education and adult education

No more obligation to respect the recall list

This is only a glimpse of the nightmare! It’s clear that students and teachers will suffer from this.

Together, let’s tell the government that these offers are unacceptable!

Please add your voices to the online petition by following this link:

https://www.assnat.qc.ca/en/exprimez-votre-opinion/petition/Petition-5071/index.html

Aug 212013
 

I am posting an email from Kelli-Ann Macdonald of CTF concerning an urgent call to action. Please consider signing the petition to show your concern and support for our colleagues in Greece. (I would like to wish Mr. Richard Godfinch, QPAT President, a special thank you for sharing this information with ESTA.)

Ray Venables

From: “Kelli-Ann McDonald” <kmcdo@ctf-fce.ca>
Subject: Urgent Action Appeal-Greece – Appel d’action urgente-Grèce
Date: 15 August, 2013 2:31:31 PM EDT
ACTION REQUIRED / ACTION REQUISE
 
The Canadian Teachers’ Federation calls on its Member organizations toprotest against the planned suspension and dismissal of Greek teachers.
 
La Fédération canadienne des enseignantes et des enseignants prie ses Membres de protester contre la suspension et le licenciement planifiés d’enseignantes et d’enseignants grecs.
Additional information and the petition can be found on the following EI link:http://www.ei-ie.org/en/news/news_details/2653
 
De l’information supplémentaire et une pétition se trouvent sur le site de l’IE, à l’adresse suivante :
We also encourage you to sign and give visibility to the petition condemning the above.
 
Nous vous prions également de signer la pétition condamnant ces mesures et de lui donner de la visibilité.

 

Dianne Woloschuk
President / Présidente
Canadian Teachers’ Federation
Fédération canadienne des enseignantes
et des enseignants
dmwoloschuk@ctf-fce.ca
Direct line / ligne directe : 613-688-4300
Dr. Calvin Fraser
Secretary General / Secrétaire général
Canadian Teachers’ Federation
Fédération canadienne des enseignantes
et des enseignants
cfras@ctf-fce.ca
Direct line / ligne directe : 613-688-4301
Jun 262013
 

On Wednesday, June 19, 2013, Ray Venables presented a petition on behalf of ESTA to the Eastern Shores School Board’s Council of Commissioners. The petition, signed by 83 teachers from 14 schools, called on ESSB to reduce the number of mandatory student tests and to consult its teachers, through the Educational Policies Committee, on the issue when reviewing its Partnership Agreement. To read the full petition, click on this link.

As an aside, it’s worth noting that article 231 of the Quebec Education Act has the following to say about testing: “A school board may impose internal examinations in the subjects it determines at the end of each cycle of the elementary level and at the end of the first cycle of the secondary level.” The Education Act does not specifically make mention to internal examinations by a school board at grade levels other than those at the end of each cycle; therefore, there is no obligation under the law by a school board to insist on examinations at every level.

Apr 282013
 

Bill 14 intends to toughen the French Language Law 101 through a number of measures. One of these measures is to remove an exemption for Francophone children whose parents belong to the Canadian Armed Forces. Considering that members of the Canadian Forces may be subject to transfers anywhere within Canada or even abroad and considering the negative impact that this would have on the current school system, please consider signing the online petition here.

Mar 122013
 

A broad coalition of groups under the banner of Coalition prioritéducation has been formed to demand that the provincial government stop the continued cutbacks in the education budget. This coalition was initiated by the Fédération des comités de parents du Québec (FCPQ), the organization of parents’ committees in the French sector, and many groups have joined this coalition, including QPAT and the other teacher federations in the province, principals’ associations, the school board federations, and parent groups in the English sector.

The coalition has placed a petition on the National Assembly’s website calling for a stop to the cuts in education funding. The text of the petition “Making Public Education a Genuine Priority” is the following:

WHEREAS we want to make public education a genuine national priority for all of Québec;

WHEREAS the budget cuts to education in recent years have had numerous adverse effects on the quality of life in the educational community and have hampered academic perseverance and success;

WHEREAS these cuts have exacerbated social inequality among students and regional communities;

WHEREAS academic perseverance and success are crucial to the development of a healthy, committed and prosperous society;

We, the citizens of Québec, demand that the National Assembly convince the government to cease these cuts and take means to ensure an important and adequate investment in the quality of the education environment in schools so that public education becomes a genuine national priority, capable of meeting the needs of all students.

Teachers in all of QPAT’s local unions are encouraged to sign the petition on the National Assembly’s website at the following address:

https://www.assnat.qc.ca/en/exprimez-votre-opinion/petition/Petition-3497/index.html

It is recommended to use the online petition. However, copies of the petition may be printed from the coalition’s website and returned to the FCPQ. Go to the following site to print a copy; please note that the entire document must be printed without editing.

http://www.fcpq.qc.ca/data/userfiles/files/Docutheque/Petition/petition_coalition_priorite_education_ EN.pdf 

May 042011
 

Text of the petition WHEREAS we must respond to the needs of all students in the Quebec school system, those who have special needs, and those who do not; WHEREAS classes should have a balanced composition, reflecting the image of society; WHEREAS each student should be evaluated according to his or her needs and abilities, and should receive appropriate and immediate services when experiencing difficulties in school; WHEREAS all students are equal and have a right to services when they need them, and not simply when they are available; WHEREAS the government has made numerous and repeated promises to improve this situation; We, the undersigned, ask the National Assembly to take the means necessary to carry out as quickly as possible the motion passed unanimously on October 27, and to respect its own promises in this regard. We therefore demand that the government take the necessary steps to balance classes, in order to meet the needs of all students, those with handicaps, with behaviour problems or learning disabilities; and that all stakeholders in education engage in resolving this issue, including the government of Quebec, which must supply a framework and adequate resources. To sign this petition, click on the following link: https://www.assnat.qc.ca/fr/exprimez-votre-opinion/petition/Petition-1649/index.html