Ontario to Review ‘Dysfunctional’ TDSB

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Ontario’s Provincial Education Minister, Liz Sandals, has announced too have ordered an independent review of the Toronto District School Board (TDSB), acknowledging that it has become “progressively more dysfunctional and acrimonious.” While making the announcement at Queen’s Park on Tuesday, Sandals explained that the review would be presented by the end of the year and most importantly inspect the board’s operational issues and governance structure.

The review will be headed by Margaret Wilson, who started off as the first registrar at the Ontario College of Teachers from 1995 to 2000 and later served as the Secretary-Treasurer of the Ontario Teachers’ Federation. Currently, TDSB serves 246,000 students at almost 600 schools. In her remarks, Sandals admitted that the entire education system has been compromised by reports of financial irresponsibility and bitter in-fighting. She mentioned that “the (TDSB) has been plagued by issues that go beyond financial concerns,” urging the need for the board to have a cultural change to regain public confidence. In addition to that, Sandals also referred to a recent study by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PWC) that highlighted the board’s staggering debt, and an audit by Ernst and Young that Sandals that identified problems with expenses of trustees and financial reporting.

The TDSB has had its fair share of scandals. Former education director, Chris Spence, resigned last year after confessing to have plagiarized sections of an article published in the Toronto Star. After which, Spence was replaced by Donna Quan. A TDSB trustee charged with forcible confinement and criminal harassment, Howard Goodman, allegedly had the charges stemmed from a heated confrontation with Quan.

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