Cuts to education funding will mean 55 fewer teachers in area high schools next year and 300 fewer courses offered, says the local president of the high school teachers’ union – but MPP Dave Smith says his government is spending more on education and he’ll be “astounded” if even one local teacher is laid off.

Smith says his government’s new budget spends nearly $1 billion more on education. He says that’s “an infusion of money,” rather than cuts, to the sector.

Never mind that teachers were recently given layoff notices locally: Smith says that happens every year in spring. When the school boards finalize their budgets in June, he said, they typically revoke those notices.

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