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Vancouver suspends school closures

Vancouver suspends school closures

The Vancouver School Board is suspending the school-closure process indefinitely, after a number of staff took medical leaves, leaving the organization without the capacity to move forward. The district’s new superintendent, Steve Cardwell, made the recommendation to suspend the school-closure process at a board meeting Monday night. Cardwell, who was the district’s superintendent for five years b... »

The class divide

The TDSB has its “have” and “have not” schools. But compared with fundraising among its GTA counterparts, the Toronto board is a pauper. Its average of $118 per elementary student in school-generated funds was the lowest of the 10 English-language boards in the Greater Toronto Area, according to 2012-13 data obtained by the Star through a freedom of information request. The York Region Catholic bo... »

Ministry releases disrepair data for ALL schools  

The parent run group, Fix Our Schools has been calling for transparency on this information so commends the Ministry of Education for releasing data about disrepair for every single school in the province. This is an important next step in ensuring all citizens realize the level of disrepair that exists in Ontario’s publicly funded schools. Public acknowledgement of the $15-billion of disrepair in... »

Two new trustees

Alexandra Lulka and Avtar Minhas were elected in TDSB wards 5 and 1 Monday in city by-elections. Detailed polling results here. »

safeguarding democracy; encouraging students to think

How did U.S. politics reach this bizarre point, where so many are ready to vote for Donald Trump — a situation encapsulated in a Daily News shot of Sarah Palin endorsing him, under the headline, “I’m With Stupid.” I’m not saying Trump is stupid nor is everything he expresses; his blasts against trade deals that undermine U.S. jobs are on point. Rather, it’s the willingness to unconditionally embra... »

Taxation powers could fix schools

Taxation powers could fix schools

Of all the duties that educational leaders and policy-makers have, ensuring that schools are safe is arguably the most important. But it looks like that is not happening in our city. Documents from the provincial government state that 56 per cent of schools in the Toronto District School Board are in “critical” or “poor” condition. And sometimes the consequences are dire. As reported by CTV news, ... »

Neethan Shan elected Trustee

Neethan Shan elected Trustee

Neethan Shan swept to victory Monday night, January 25th, when 55% of voters in Scarborough Rouge River supported him as a new TDSB trustee in a ward 21 by-election.  Neethan Shan, the CPE-endorsed candidate will be an impressive addition to the school board and to public education in this city. See the final results here  The runner up candidate, Jack Wang who ran on an anti Health curriculum pla... »

Schools crumbling amid $1B repair shortfall

Schools crumbling amid $1B repair shortfall

A quarter of TDSB schools are in critical condition, according to documents obtained by the Toronto Star. (20/01/16)  see full article: http://m.thestar.com/#/article/news/gta/2016/01/20/schools-crumbling-amid-1b-repair-shortfall.html CPE comment in letter to Star editor:      To ensure a healthy learning environment, let alone a healthy democracy, funding of school boards such as the TDSB must be... »

The racialization of poverty

The racialization of poverty

SCHOOLS ARE NOT POWERLESS TO ADDRESS RACIAL DISPARITIES   As schools learn more about poverty and race, they should be careful not to let that lead to a culture of fatalism SACHIN MAHARAJ  STAR TOUCH When Donna Quan resigned as director of the Toronto District School Board to become an adjunct professor at York University’s faculty of education, many viewed the new position as nothing more than a ... »

Hall’s 20 recommendations

The Barbara Hall panel report on TDSB governance contains these 20 recommendations: Recommendation 1: That the Minister of Education immediately take steps to appoint a supervisor to work collaboratively with the board of trustees, the director of education and senior staff to implement the recommendations of this report. Recommendations Regarding the Board of Trustees Recommendation 2: That the b... »

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