NL Federation of School Councils

Improvements For Inclusive Education Needed Sooner Than Later

Press Release                                       

For Immediate Release

Tuesday, MAY 2, 2017 (St. John’s, NL)………The Newfoundland and Labrador Federation of School Councils (NLFSC) is calling on government to listen to the voices of hundreds of parents and make improvements to the inclusive education model before the next school year.

“From the number of calls our office receives it is obvious that things just cannot continue as they have in previous years,” says Paulette Fifield, NLFSC President. Parents need to see changes sooner rather than later which means government needs to have improvements in place for September 2017. It is very frustrating for a parent who repeatedly asks for necessary supports for their child year after year and never receives them. It’s a cycle that needs to stop! Professional educators, partners in education, parents, and students deserve to be part of an inclusive and supportive environment that works.”

Fifield acknowledges the many visits to schools by Minister Kirby since January and his commitment to speak with teachers directly involved with the inclusive model of education.

According to Minister Kirby we need to be very strategic with the funding, given budget constraints,” Fifield says. “NLFSC certainly acknowledges the many budget restraints, but is calling on government to ensure the inclusive model is needs-based.

We need to build upon our momentum, especially now with Minster Kirby visiting schools and the recommendations of the Premier’s Task Force on Improving Educational Outcomes soon approaching. This is not the time to wait, but a time to strongly recommend necessary changes. We would like to see a plan in place for the upcoming school year.”

For more information please contact:

Paulette Fifield, President NLFSC

Cell: 709-486-3553