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- My mother teaches at a public elementary with 600 students. There is no money for a paid librarian, and the social worker that is trained to deal with psychologically troubled kids is there for a half/day a week. Naturally, that's hardly enough time to deal with all the troubled kids, who are plentiful there for demographic reasons.
- After a career in education, my mother still earns the average Canadian salary of about $60,000/year. She has a masters in education. For whatever reason, seniority stops counting towards raises after 16 years. My mom's 35 years of service are only important for her to be able to get a better pension.
- To gain admission to study education at McGill University in 2004/2005 (the most recent data I have; it's unlikely to have changed since), one needed a 24 or 25 R-Score (CRC), depending on specializing. 25 means a student is exactly average, while 24 is below average. The situation is similar at other Quebec universities.
- There is a severe lack of elementary teachers in Quebec.
- The Charest government just passed a back-to-work law ordering public-sector unions, including teachers' unions, to stop striking and return to work. The law ended negotiations, imposing a raise of 12% over 8 years, including monies that were owed from another issue (salary equity), thus essentially counting each dollar paid as two payments.
- This is amidst a "reform" of the grade-school educational system that has been proving to be a catastrophic failure, which Charest and co. are desperately trying to cover up (La Presse reported that people had to use the access-to-information law to force the Ministry of Education to hand over documents on the reform).