Now that the York Region District School Board has been placed under review by Education Minister Mitzie Hunter, many will be looking for answers as to how it can turn itself around.
The review, which will be conducted by human rights expert Patrick Case and former deputy minister Suzanne Herbert, will likely make recommendations regarding the need for more equity training and increased transparency. However, if the York board is serious about turning the page on its nadir, it would be wise to take a page from the once scandal-plagued Toronto District School Board and bring in new leadership.
York was once considered the crown jewel among Ontario’s school boards, and was the site of many innovations that were eventually rolled out province-wide. However, with the ignoring of racist incidents, senior administration officials resigning, and unconscionable behaviour by some of its leaders, it has clearly become dysfunctional. The situation it finds itself in is very similar to that of the TDSB, which itself was the subject of ministry mandated reviews in recent years. (more...)