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TDSB discuss options for teachers who lost positions in budget cuts

Last Updated Sep 5, 2019 at 12:37 pm EDT

The Toronto District School Board building is seen in a photo posted on June 23, 2017. HANDOUT/Twitter

The school year is officially underway but more than 150 teachers across the city are still without jobs and dealing with an uncertain future.

The instability is a result of cuts made by the Ford government to some education budgets.

Leslie Wolfe, of the Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation, said the result of these lost jobs directly affects the students.

“There are 155 teachers right now who either are fully laid off or have had their hours reduced by half … every teacher and every education worker in the province is impacted because as you reduce the number of adults in our schools, you reduce the services that can be provided to students,” she explained.

Ryan Bird with the Toronto District School Board (TDSB) said there are about 80 positions that have been retained to fill throughout the school year. Some of those may be taken in the first few weeks once class size has been been determined — if a class is too big and needs to be split in two, a position will become available for a teacher.

But that doesn’t take away from the uncertainty these teachers are feeling.

Because of that, the TDSB is holding a meeting on Thursday so teachers can be informed of what their options are.