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Ontario public school teacher dispute: Queen's University expert

2013-01-22

Queen’s University education professor Theodore Christou is available to talk about the Ontario education minister’s announcement that the government is going to impose contracts on public school teachers.

Dr. Christou is an expert in the history of education. He has written about the history of education in Ontario in his new book Progressive Education: Revisioning and Reframing Ontario's Public Schools, 1919-1942.

“Disputes between teachers and the provincial government often happen during times when the government is heavily in debt. It happened during the depression and it happened again during the recession years of Bob Rae. Whenever we hit that point, public sector workers get their salaries cut and teachers tend to be the first on the chopping block. It’s hard for teachers to lose benefits they have gained and fought hard for over the years,” says Dr. Christou.

To arrange an interview, please contact communication officers Michael Onesi (office: 613.533.6000 ext. 77513, michael.onesi@queensu.ca) or Anne Craig (office: 613-533-2877, Anne.Craig@queensu.ca) at Queen’s University News and Media Services Department in Kingston, Ont., Canada.

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