9:30 a.m., Feb. 23)
board high school teachers given green light to resume
By Fred Sherwin
board highs school teachers can resume coaching sports
and other extra-curricular activities following a decision
by the Ontario Secondary School Teachers Federation to
"suspend" the political action.
president Ken Coran called the decision, which was made
on Friday, "a gesture of good will" .
expect that this sign of good will from our members will
prompt the government to have genuine discussions that
can lead to a fair resolution to this current impasse,
Coran said in a statement. We still maintain that
voluntary activities are just that: voluntary.
encourage members to review recent information and decide
if they are willing to return to participating in the
activities we know they feel so passionately about."
Hammond, the president of the Elementary Teachers
Federation of Ontario (ETFO), whose members have also
largely withdrawn from voluntary school activities, said
his union will review its position on extracurriculars
by next Friday.
board high school students have been relying on parent
volunteers and non-unionized staff members to coach. In
many schools where volunteer coaches haven't been available,
there has been no interscholastic sports.
this year's graduating class, a number of sports have
already gon by the wayside including boys and girls volleyball,
basketball and soccer, football and hockey, leaving only
rugby, field hockey and track and field on the schedule.
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