Casey: Further Cuts Put Autistic Students At Disadvantage
Liberal education critic Karen Casey says the decisions of the Dexter government are putting autistic students in Nova Scotia’s education system at a disadvantage.
“The last round of education cuts made by the Dexter government cost the education system 75 teaching assistants and more than 200 teachers despite the government’s promises to the contrary,” says Casey. “These cuts have a disproportionate impact on autistic students.”
Casey points to comments made by the Dexter government’s education minister last week when she refused to rule out further cuts.
“The first round of cuts reduced teachers and TAs – another round of cuts will reduce those numbers even more,” says Casey. “We cannot continue to pursue cuts that put our most vulnerable students at a disadvantage.”
“Nova Scotians want and deserve a fair and equitable education system for all students,” says Casey. “The Dexter government’s decisions are eliminating resources and supports that our students need and deserve – these decisions will only continue to undermine our system’s ability to meet the needs of all students.”