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Access to School Space – top 10

Top Ten Reasons to Support Better Community Access to School Space 1. Improve student performance Studies have demonstrated the positive impact participation in school-based after-hours programming has by promoting greater parental involvement in school, greater student engagement, increased commitment to homework, readiness to learn, and more positive educational outcomes for children and youth. ... »

Stop-gap solution to a much bigger problem

LETTER TO THE EDITORTheStar.com Jan 31, 2008   re: Yes to black-focused school  Jan. 30 The vote to create a black-focused school within the Toronto District School Board is a convenient distraction from the elephant in the room that the board has been ignoring for more than 10 years. Specifically, why is there a 40 per cent dropout rate among black teens? This statistic was first m... »

Star report on Africentric school

Board okays black-focused schoolsToronto board votes 11-9 after meeting filled with passionate pleas and dire warningsJan 30, 2008 Louise Brown Brett Popplewell  Toronto Star staff reporters The black-focused school is a go.  After a heated but civil debate, Canada's largest school board voted 11-9 last night to open an alternative Africentric school to help fight a 40 per cent dropo... »

G&M report on Africentric school

Black-focused school wins approvalCAROLINE ALPHONSO AND JAMES BRADSHAW Globe and Mail     January 30, 2008 TORONTO — In a tight vote, Toronto District School Board trustees Tuesday night approved a contentious proposal for a black-focused school that opponents argued would be the equivalent of segregation.  The 11-9 vote in favour came after an evening of impassioned... »

Africentric studies buoy school

Inspiring pilot-test courses get high marks from students, teachersToronto Star   Jan 29, 2008 Louise Brown   Education Reporter Emily Canfield already knows what Africentric schooling might look like in Toronto – she took special Africentric Grade 7 math lessons last year as part of a pilot project at Brookview Middle School in the Jane-Finch neighbourhood. She says it w... »

Board shouldn’t shy away from `black’ schoo

Toronto Star Jan 28, 2008   Royson James The Toronto District School Board this week votes on a staff recommendation supporting the 2009 start-up of a black-focused school in northwest Toronto. Wisdom, common sense, justice and board policy dictate that school trustees vote "Yes." What's needed when the trustees meet, starting tomorrow, is not a grudging, apologetic "w... »

Beyond Falconer

Moving beyond Falconer's report Jan 24, 2008     Annie Kidder   Toronto Star Now that we've lived through the initial reaction to the Falconer report, it's time to take a more measured look at the reality of what goes on in our schools and at what needs to happen to make our schools live up to their potential. First, we must remember that schools exist wit... »

Staff recommends Africentric school

Staff approval opens way to black-focused schoolReport recommends facility open in 2009; trustees to vote Tuesday Toronto should open its first black-focused public school in the fall of 2009, says a staff report aimed at improving academic achievement among students of colour. But the board should also launch Africentric programs in three schools by this fall, as well as invest in a new centre fo... »

Education workers on Falconer

There has been a lot of press about the Falconer Report, the 1,100 page document which was struck in response to the tragic death of Jordan Manners at CW Jefferys C.I. last May.  By and large the media focused on the quick fixes among the 126 recommendations.   A closer reading of this document shows it to be the first real history to record what actually happened to a formerly well-stru... »

The poverty of education

LETTER TO THE EDITOR   Toronto Star  Jan 23, 2008 04:30 AM re:  Black schools wrong answer   Editorial, Jan. 21 The failure of the Toronto District School Board's school for First Nations students made my heart sink. For a long time I have struggled to find a position on the issue of a black-focused school. The experience of the First Nations school – where,... »

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