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FAE: $33M pre-paid seen for the composition of the class | Strikes in the public sector in Quebec

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The FAE includes 66 500 members. (Archive photo)

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The agreement in principle reached by the Autonomous Federation of Education (FAE) and the government of Quebec provides for a sum of $33.3 million to reduce the composition of classes at the primary and secondary levels.

This was one of the central demands of teachers in their negotiations with Quebec for the renewal of their collective agreement.

The agreement in principle, of which Radio-Canada has obtained a copy, must still be presented to the majority of the 66,500 members of the FAE, who will have to ratify it in the coming weeks for it to become effective.

< p class="StyledBodyHtmlParagraph-sc-48221190-4 hnvfyV">It provides an envelope of $19.1 million for primary education in order to introduce a mechanism for evaluating cohorts with particular challenges. At the secondary level, an amount of $14.2 million is provided for this purpose.

The number of students with a class intervention plan must be taken into account in the evaluation of the difficulty thresholds of each cohort.

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The difficulty threshold by cohort for the granting of additional resources is set at 60% for primary and 50% for secondary.

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Students returned to class over the past week.

At the preschool level, an annual amount of $5.3 million will be allocated for the addition of a part-time resource in disadvantaged areas.

In addition, the addition of 4,000 classroom aides is planned at the preschool and primary levels.

The opening of new groups, depending on the availability of premises and teaching staff, is also part of the preventive measures established by the agreement.

If it is impossible to open new groups, mitigation measures will be deployed and a bonus of $4,000 will be granted to teachers assigned to classes with a majority of students in difficulty.

When mitigation measures cannot be applied, a one-time bonus of $8,000 will be offered.

On the other hand, the agreement in principle establishes August 8 as the deadline for the assignment process, which includes the granting of part-time contracts. The recall list will be used to fill this type of job between August 9 and the start of the school year.

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The president of the Autonomous Education Federation (FAE), Mélanie Hubert (Archive photo).

The Autonomous Education Federation includes nine affiliated unions located in Montreal, Laval, Quebec, Outaouais, the Laurentians, Estrie and Montérégie.

In terms of salaries, FAE members would get a 17.4% increase over five years with this tentative agreement.

FAE members had gone on strike unlimited general action on November 23 and went on strike for 22 days.

The agreement in principle was reached with the provincial government at the end of December .

The FAE must announce the decision of its members on the employment contract offered to them on February 7.

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