Ontario’s education system may seem like it’s in the summer doldrums. But don’t be fooled: Behind the scenes, the noise is building around teacher negotiations.
A majority government for Kathleen Wynne bodes well for teachers and the upcoming contract talks, as the Liberal government’s education policies are a more palatable option than the Progressive Conservatives and their job-cutting platform. But as teachers and support staff head into negotiations, resentment lingers and could potentially throw a wrench into talks. This is, after all, the same party that imposed contract terms on teachers, cut their pay and caused chaos in the school system less than two years ago.