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Cops out of schools?

Cops out of schools?

When the Toronto police board met [last] week, a lesser-known police initiative called the School Resource Officer program was a minor item buried deep on a packed agenda — and nowhere near the chopping block. But by the end of the monthly board meeting, the 36 uniform cops assigned to work in 75 schools across the city had nearly been pulled out of class, the program suddenly on the brink of susp... »

Optional attendance kills Vaughan Road Academy

Optional attendance kills Vaughan Road Academy

Race and class key to school’s demise. How odd it is to walk down these empty hallways. For the past 30 years, I’ve only visited them in dreams – and nightmares. Vaughan Road Academy, my old high school, is dying. In a month’s time it will be dead, the victim of declining enrolment (there are 200 students in a school that could hold five times that number.) Its demise can be attributed, depe... »

Trustees training

York Region trustees to undergo training in wake of scathing report York Region District School Board approves plan for trustees to get training in governance and equity issues. The York Region District School Board has approved a plan for extensive equity and governance training for trustees and senior staff to meet the deadlines for the first set of directives set out by the education ministry a... »

Keep Vaughan Road Academy

Keep Vaughan Road Academy

  Community to ask TDSB to stop plans to close Vaughan Road Academy Public will weigh in on series of school reorganizations and possible closures causing anxiety for kids and parents Photo:    Sue Sneyd and her two boys Malcolm, 8, left, and Oscar, 10, are among those eager to keep Vaughan Road Academy open. Sneyd’s boys hope to attend the school, which is slated to close for good next... »

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... »

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... »

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... »

Hall report on TDSB governance

Hall report on TDSB governance

The Toronto District School Board should be placed under provincial supervision and then broken up if it can’t improve serious cultural problems after a year, former mayor Barbara Hall recommended in an advisory report. The board, Canada’s largest, can’t help itself without “external support,” Ms. Hall wrote in her report to the province, which was released Friday. The TDSB, a product of the amalg... »

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