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Teacher cutbacks concern parents in Montague

Posted by Bill van Asperen

TeacherCutsIM.jpgSome parents in Montague have done their homework and say the province's latest teacher cuts are hitting their schools a lot harder than in other parts of PEI.

Shauna Mellish has a daughter in Grade Two at Montague Consolidated. She says of the 32 teaching positions being cut across the Island -- 10 per cent are coming from her school. She says it's just as unfair across the entire Montague family of schools... which are taking a THIRD of the provincial cuts.

We also hear from the Superintendent of the English school board, Cynthia Fleet.

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More PD opportunities for Island teachers

Posted by Bill van Asperen

ProDevDaysIM.jpgThis week the province announced it's adding more professional development opportunities for Island teachers, but extending the school year so that doesn't take away from instructional time for students.

Which had us wondering... how much time do Island kids spend in the classroom, and how does that compare with other provinces? Kerry Campbell joins us now with the answers.

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The impact of teacher cuts on PEI

Posted by Bill van Asperen

TeachersPEI.jpgIt's no secret PEI's student population is declining, and that the province is trying to save money. That's how the department of education has justified cutting 34 teaching positions last year, and another 40 this year. But six weeks into the school year, there's concern those cuts are creating issues in some Island schools. CBC News has spoken to several principals... who say many of their classes exceed the province's class-size targets.

PEI's English School Board wouldn't allow any principals to do recorded interviews with us. However, CBC's Steve Bruce did speak to Karen Clare, a member of East Wiltshire's Home and School Association, and the English School Board's Superintendent Cindy Fleet.

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