Opposition parties lay out demands for Ontario’s September 2021 school plan

Ontario’s opposition parties say the government needs to focus on ventilation upgrades and smaller class sizes as it crafts its back-to-school plan for the fall.

The provincial Liberals and New Democrats detailed their demands as the school year winds down.

New Democrats want the government to commit more funding to schools and are asking for class sizes of 15 students maximum.

The Liberals put a $2.3 billion price tag on their own proposed plan, which includes $500 million for ventilation upgrades, summer learning programs and class sizes of 20.

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Ontario Education Minister Stephen Lecce has said an announcement on the back-to-school plan will come in July, after assessing the vaccination rate among staff and students.

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The Progressive Conservative government, which faces an election next summer, has earmarked $1.6 billion for COVID-19 response and $85.5 million for learning recovery in the 2021-2022 school year.

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