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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... »

Quan’s departure

Quan’s departure

 Ontario coaxed TDSB director Donna Quan into new job, sources say.   The Ontario government created a senior advisory role within its bureaucracy for the Toronto District School Board’s top-ranking staffer as part of a plan to address a leadership problem at the institution, sources say. Officials in the Ministry of Education have come under mounting pressure this year to deal with the dysfunctio... »

Jan 25th byelection

Jan 25th byelection

The Toronto District School Board (TDSB) has requested the City to conduct a by-election to fill the vacancy in the office of Trustee Ward 21 Scarborough – Rouge River (City Wards 41 and 42). The office was vacated by Shaun Chen when he was elected to the House of Commons on October 19, 2015. A by-election will be conducted on January 25, 2016 to fill the office. Click here to access the 201... »

Trustees didn’t tamper with records,

Trustees didn’t tamper with records,

TDSB trustees, board staff had a lot of questions over a Star freedom-of-information request, but did not tamper with documents, Ontario privacy commissioner says. Maria Mavroyannis, the TDSB’s former coordinator for freedom-of-information requests, had complained about trustee and staff interference over the release of an expense audit. By: Kristin Rushowy Education Reporter, Published thes... »

Trustees on the move…

Trustees on the move…

School boards shouldn’t be mere political stepping stone   If we paid trustees well, treated them with respect and gave them the autonomy they require, they might not be so quick to seek ‘higher’ office. By: Sachin Maharaj Freelance Opinion writer, Published on Thu Aug 06 2015 TheStar Kim Campbell, Mike Harris, Kathleen Wynne, and Olivia Chow. What do all of these politicians have in common? They ... »

Public board chair takes leave

Public board chair takes leave

The chair of Canada’s largest school board has resigned and also taken a leave of absence as trustee as he focuses on his run for MP in the fall federal election. Shaun Chen is running for the Liberals in the new riding of Scarborough North. It’s expected the board will call a meeting this week to vote on a replacement for Chen, who has been a trustee for nine years and chair for one. The only can... »

Awaiting TDSB governance report

Awaiting TDSB governance report

The Provincial ‘community consultation’ about how to deal with the Toronto District School Board included a meeting of Barbara Hall with the Campaign for Public Education in late June.  We are looking forward to seeing what recommendations make it to print and which Hall proposals are published and implemented by the Wynne government. Since turn out for the consultation meetings in the... »

TDSB public meetings

August 26 (Wed) Regular Meeting 7pm September 16 (Wed) Operations and Facilities Management Committee 4:30 p.m. September 16 (Wed) Human Resources and Professional Learning Committee 5 p.m. October 7 (Wed) Program and School Services Committee 5 p.m. October 21 (Wed) Finance and Accountability Committee 5 p.m. October 21 (Wed) Planning and Priorities Committee 7 p.m. October 28 (Wed) Regular Meeti... »

WHERE to advise Hall on TDSB governance

SCHEDULE OF CONSULTATIONs  Tues May 19 7-9pm Lawrence Heights North York West) (see map) Wed May 20   7-9pm    North York Central   North York Central Library  5120 Yonge St.  (Yonge north of Sheppard) Sat May 30  11am-1pm   Scarborough South    McGregor Park Community Centre 2231 Lawrence Ave. (Btwn. Birchmount &  Kennedy) Check for updates at http://consultationsontdsb.ca/consultations-on-td... »

Who’s consulted, where, why?

The current “consultation” on the governance of the TDSB is unprecedented.  The appointed panel headed by former mayor Barbara Hall is looking at the governance model for only the Toronto Board and no other board in the province.  These public consultation meetings are run by the public relations firm GSI. There are many problems with this process. The locations of the consultation mee... »

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