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After five years of strikes, cutbacks and walkouts in the education sector, Rozanski clearly proves that the province’s education funding formula was fundamentally flawed, says CUPE Ontario president Sid Ryan.

Appointed by the Eves government to review the crisis in Ontario schools, Mordechai Rozanski is highly critical of the government’s miserly education funding and calls for an injection of $1.8 billion in new money over three years. As well, he says there’s a need for new money this year for wage increases for support and teaching staff.

While welcoming many of the report’s recommendations, Ryan says the report fails to recognize the money is needed immediately and not phased-in over three years, He is also concerned that Rozanski does not do away with the artificial distinction between ’classroom’ and ’non-classroom’ funding.

The report’s failure to address this key aspect will mean that school boards will still be able to divert funding for operations and support staff, says Ryan.