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Budget cuts force Ontario music, French teachers out of classrooms

Ontario teachers are being forced to load French and music lessons onto carts and transport them from classroom to classroom, because of budget cuts from the provincial Liberal government that has left school boards unable to clean and maintain all of their rooms.

School boards say the government is slowly eliminating millions of dollars in so-called top-up funding used to clean and maintain classrooms that are considered empty or only used for a part of the day. Officials say that it’s a way for the government to push them to consolidate or close schools where enrolment is declining.

Core classrooms, such as a Grade 3 class or a Grade 4 French-immersion class, are funded by the government. But a room is considered empty when it does not hold a core class, even if a vocal-music teacher or a French teacher uses the classroom throughout the day to teach different groups of students.

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