To get more teachers onside, especially elementary teachers, the EQAO needs rethinking. This was a Mike Harris initiative and costs a lot of money. If the PCs get into power, this will used to rank teachers and schools. The Fraser institute uses the results to rank schools and it is influencing people to move to certain neighbourhoods.
The EQAO tests should either be eliminated, moved to randomized testing, where not every school is tested every year or to a diagnostic model like Alberta is moving to. The NDP could eat into the teacher vote and move teacher support to them during election campaigns. The Liberals need as many volunteers as possible to retain and gain ridings.