Liberals, teachers union join forces to oppose cuts to school system
Pressure on the Dexter government to reverse education budget cuts continued Thursday, with a petition at the legislature and barrage of questions from the Liberals.
Liberal Leader Stephen McNeil tabled a petition with more than 6,000 signatures on behalf of the Nova Scotia Teachers Union. The actual tally on the petition was more than 20,000, counting supporters via the Internet, but legislature rules prohibit tabling electronic petitions.
Union president Alexis Allen and Grit education critic Karen Casey held a news conference at the legislature to again criticize the millions in cuts over the last two years.
"This petition shows enough is enough," Allen said.
Education Minister Ramona Jennex said the government has no plans to change course, as it tries to re-balance a system that has 30,000 fewer students than a decade ago.
The Liberals used all of their question period time to ask about education cuts.
Source: Chronicle Herald, April 27, 2012