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QUEEN’S PARK — MPP Schreiner and MPP Clancy released the following statement in response to a new report showing that schools experiencing shortages of educational assistants were more likely to recommend students with special needs stay home.

“The government’s chronic underfunding of our education system is hurting kids with special needs.

No child should have to stay home because their school doesn’t have the necessary resources to support them.

Our teachers and education workers have been starved for resources for years, and now we’ve reached a tipping point.

We call on the government to increase public education funding to hire and retain EAs so that every child in Ontario can feel safe, happy and supported at school.”

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