May 27, 2015

By Bob Komsic

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On the same day high school students in Durham, Peel and the Sudbury-area boards returned to class, the union for their teachers says they plan to resume their strike in two weeks.

However, the government says that’s not going to happen.

The Ontario Labour Relations Board has ruled the strikes were illegal and that they could not resume for at least two weeks.

Then the Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation said it would respect Tuesday’s ruling but return to picket lines June 10.

But, Education Minister Liz Sandals says the government will continue to work to pass back-to-work legislation with an aim to pas the bill Thursday.

Because of the recent strikes at the three boards, there will be no final exams to allow for more instruction time.

She’s also offering the boards the chance to convert any exam or professional development days into teaching days.

Sandals adds graduating students will also be given access to web-based courses to complete credits they need to ”fill in any gaps” before moving on to college or university.


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