08 Apr Li Koo Supports Investments in Public School Renewal
Liberal Candidate Signs “Fix Our Schools” Pledge
April 7, 2018, TORONTO, ON – At a community symposium hosted by the Architectural Conservancy of Ontario, Toronto Danforth Liberal candidate Li Koo signed a pledge that she will advocate to fix our schools.
“I’m signing the Fix our Schools pledge because I believe we need to work together to find creative solutions to make sure our publicly-funded schools are safe, welcoming and healthy places for our kids to learn,” Koo said. “It’s an issue that requires a thoughtful approach and I’m happy to have this conversation with the community leaders who are part of Fix Our Schools.”
Ontario’s Liberal government has recognized the need to address school building maintenance and is already taking significant steps to address the challenges. “Over the last two years, we have seen record levels of investments – at $1.4 billion a year. More is being spent on maintenance and renewal than ever before,” said Koo.
Further, Ontario is supporting students, teachers and staff with an historic investment in mental health that will make it easier to access services through local schools. Specifically, every high school in Toronto will have access to an additional mental health worker, with about 400 new positions being added across Ontario.
In addition, Ontario’s Liberals have committed to investing more than $300 million over the next three years to improve supports for children with special needs and hire 2,000 teachers and education workers.
“We know that students, teachers and staff are at their best when they are supported and learning and teaching in healthy and safe environments,” said Koo. “As your voice in government, I would advocate for school repair in addition to supporting continuing investment in critical investments like mental health and special education.”