The Director of Toronto District School Board, Chris Spence, has submitted his resignation to the school board after being stuck in a recent plagiarism scandal that has hit mainstream media and is spreading ripples every minute. In the resignation letter of Mr. Spence, released by the Daisy Consulting Group, he wrote that “It is with great sadness and regret that I am writing to tender my resignation as Director of Education for the Toronto District School Board. I have come to this decision after a great deal of reflection, and no small amount of consultation with family, friends and colleagues. I do so with a profoundly heavy heart.”
Moreover Mr. Spence claimed that “my life’s work has been education, and the education of young people” and “more than anything else, I regret that I have not set a good or proper example for the many thousands of young people I’ve been privileged to meet and know. I intend to continue to do the things I pledged to do — to restore my reputation, and to uphold the academic integrity I consider to be so important. But most importantly, to make amends for what I have done.” He stated that “I do not wish to be a further distraction to the Trustees, or my many friends and colleagues at the Toronto District School Board. I therefore submit my letter of resignation and, once again, offer my sincerest apologies.”
Later a statement of TDSB chair, Chris Bolton, confirmed on Thursday afternoon that he has accepted Mr. Spence’s resignation effective immediately. Mr. Bolton stated that “given the unexpected nature of this situation, we are taking steps to appoint an interim Director to ensure stability across the system.”
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