“We`ve had an influx of immigration to Thompson and elsewhere in Manitoba,” she said. “What does this mean for education? This means that schools have a population of learners whose first language is not English, and these people need different types of resources and programs from the general public. “We are investing $1.323 billion in public school services for 2018-19 and increasing funding for the Intensive Newcomers Support Contingency from $60,000 to $US 100,000,” he wrote. “These investments provide significant support to our school services, with an increase of $6.6 million and an increase of 7.4 per cent – an increase of $2.295 million – for [the] Mystery School Division.” Halcrow went on to say that while district budgets for salaries and school materials are shrinking, class sizes are increasing, meaning students with special needs are at risk of being lost in the shuffle. Norm Gould, president of the Manitoba Teachers` Society (MTS), said centralized collective bargaining doesn`t work in a province like Manitoba, where every school district has unique needs. While many of these issues need to be addressed either through ongoing lobbying or through the ballot box in 2020, Mr. Gould said Manitoba unions are currently trying the Tory government over its imposed two-year wage freeze, which many union leaders see as a violation of their right to collective bargaining. Cathy Pellizzaro, president of the Thompson Teachers` Association (TTA), also mentioned that school programs and staff are suffering from insufficient funding increases, hence the elimination of department heads, full-day kindergartens and elementary and higher school librarians. Because some essential resources are no longer available, teachers` ability to learn and their students` ability to learn is limited, says Carolyn Halcrow, a Parker Collegiate R.D. English teacher. “I know that here there is no teacher or employee or school in this city that has not fed hungry children,” she said. “Teachers personally collect bills for provisions for those who need them, and schools are encouraged to do more with less dollars.” “You can say they have increased spending. They did, but [it`s] very tiny,” she said in an interview with the Thompson Citizen on June 8. It does not cover inflation, it does not cover rising costs. Look at the Hydro in Thompson.
Our hydro is high. Schools must cover hydropower. Winnipeg teachers held a similar rally on May 25 to protest the provincial government`s two-year pay for public sector employees and their move to eliminate individual school districts that negotiate their teachers` salaries and instead convert to provincial collective bargaining. . . .