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Trustees speak out against Minister’s directives

TDSB trustees are challenging key aspects of the Minister of education directives. “Trustee Chris Tonks said agreeing to give up their assistants is “asinine. We’re eating ourselves alive here. I’m feeling my blood boil. I rely heavily on my constituency assistant and I don’t know how we’re going to do this.  I feel like we’re being hit over the head with a hammer when we should have had pun... »

130 Schools in Danger

TDSB staff published a list Jan 28th of 130 schools (many in active use as daycares and adult education centres) which are deemed underutilized when measured by the extremely limited Ontario Government measure of K-12 students in regular programs. The list represents more than 1/4 of all board schools across Toronto. Utilization rate (2014) School Name Number of students (2014) Elementary/Secondar... »

The false economy of selling off our school property

The false economy of selling off our school property

School sales activist, Janet Bojti, addressed TDSB Monday on behalf of CPE.  “I’m a retired school board worker.  I taught ESL to adult students at the former Toronto Board of Education and the TDSB.   I am a member of the Campaign for Public Education.  I have followed school closings, land severance and the sale of Board property since 2008.  Tonight I want to address two issues: first the... »

Seriously flawed funding formula

Seriously flawed funding formula

 The Urban Alliance on Race Relations decries “the relentless pressure to close schools and sell school properties”  Sharon Simpson (seen with former Toronto school trustee, Tam Goossen) addressed Monday’s TDSB meeting. The Urban Alliance on Race Relations (UARR) was established in 1975 to educate and advocate on issues of anti-racism and other forms of discrimination. The mandat... »

“Wash your hands” of these recommendations

“The province may want to clip their wings, but the public doesn’t appear to agree” [Star writer, Kristin Rushowy reports]. “At a marathon consultation meeting Monday night with 42 delegates, Toronto District School Board trustees — lambasted in a recent government report — heard from union leaders, parents and community groups who said they want and need the elected officials to... »

Joint Response from OSSTF District 12, CUPE 4400 and Elementary Teachers of Toronto

Joint Response from OSSTF District 12, CUPE 4400 and Elementary Teachers of Toronto

The recent Review of the TDSB by Margaret Wilson and the consequent directions from Education Minister Liz Sandals are troubling to say the least. There is no doubt that the intervention by the Ontario Government  into the affairs of the TDSB is as much about closing schools and reducing the democratic role of Trustees, as it is about fixing the dysfunctional relationships  between Trustees and se... »

WHY MINISTER’S “SOLUTIONS” CANNOT SOLVE THE PROBLEMS

A statement from the TORONTO EDUCATION WORKERS:  Reading through the Report on the TDSB, produced by Margaret Wilson and the January 15th, 2015 “13 Points” response letter from the Minister of Education Liz Sandals, a number of serious issues crystalized.  The first is that decades of democratic control of our public education system has been spiked in the heart with no consultation whatsoever wit... »

TDSB board committees

TDSB board committees

Trustee Committees TDSB Trustees meet at least nine times during the year for regular meetings of all trustees. There are also four standing committees and one permanent committee that meet and present reports at the regular Board meetings. Administration, Finance and Accountability Committee Trustee Michael Ford Trustee David Smith, Chair Trustee Chris Tonks, Vice-chair Trustee Jennifer Story, PP... »

Live link to board meetings

  Watch the live webcast of TDSB board meeting’s from 7pm Dec 1st, Dec 10th 2014  and in monthly (see schedule). »

Elections mean democratic governance

Elections mean democratic governance

September, 2014 Dear School Community Council members, As many of you have noted, the Toronto District School Board has been moving away from public accountability by doing more and more of its business in “in-camera” sessions. These private sessions should be restricted to strictly confidential human resource matters. The public is entitled to know how their duly elected representativ... »

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