TORONTO, ON – Oct 02 2017 — The Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation (OSSTF/FEESO) is extremely concerned about plans to allow Betsy DeVos, U.S. President Donald Trump’s Education Secretary, to visit schools in Ontario and meet with officials from the Ministry of Education.
Ms. DeVos is a vocal proponent of programs that divert government funding away from public education and into private hands, to pay for tuition at private and religious schools.
“It would, of course, be more disturbing if our Minister of Education were visiting Washington to study Ms. DeVos’s agenda,” said OSSTF/FEESO President Harvey Bischof. “But it's still alarming, and frankly an affront to our members, that Ontario would allow someone who openly promotes a corporate assault on public education to visit schools in our province.”
“The Ministry of Education should reconsider this visit and send a strong, clear message to Ms. DeVos and other proponents of privatization that public education in Ontario is not for sale,” concluded Bischof.
OSSTF/FEESO, founded in 1919, has 60,000 members across Ontario. They include public high school teachers, occasional teachers, educational assistants, continuing education teachers and instructors, early childhood educators, psychologists, secretaries, speech-language pathologists, social workers, plant support personnel, university support staff, and many others in education.