The recommendations, defined as “near-term” with implementation as early as this fall, include:
- Hiring contract substitute teachers to address chronic vacancies in the system.
- Adding more teachers to focus on literacy and numeracy from kindergarten to Grade 5.
- Creating more behaviour intervention mentor positions. The department says in schools where they already exist, they’ve contributed to a 40 per cent reduction in behavioural issues.
- Setting up a centre of excellence for French second-language training, to provide students in rural schools in particular with more resources and more opportunities to practice the language.