McNeil Tables Petition Calling for Dexter to Reverse Education Cuts
Today in the legislature, Liberal leader Stephen McNeil tabled a petition brought forward by the Nova Scotia Teachers’ Union and signed by 20,000 Nova Scotians asking the Dexter government to reverse and prevent any further cuts to public education.
“The people of this province want the Dexter government to invest in education and we agree,” says McNeil. “Instead of viewing education as an investment, this government views our classrooms as targets.”
McNeil says that the quality of education in Nova Scotia is suffering because of the cuts.
“This government’s cuts are increasing class sizes and removing supports from the system,” says McNeil. “Schools are told to do more with less, students get less individual time with teachers and the Dexter government is prepared to call for further cuts to public education in the next budget – this government is attacking our classrooms.”
McNeil says the Nova Scotian system is poorly funded when compared with other jurisdictions across the country.
“We have the second lowest level of per student funding in Canada – this government is not making education a priority,” says McNeil. “This government needs to restore its past education cuts and cancel any further planned cuts before their impact on students is irreversible.”
“We want the cuts reversed and stopped and so do the 20,000 that signed the petition – the Dexter government needs to start listening to Nova Scotians and invest in our students.”