Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Ontario orders external review of troubled TDSB

Education Minister Liz Sandals
TORONTO -- Ontario Education Minister Liz Sandals appointed an outside expert Tuesday to conduct a review of the troubled Toronto District School Board, where she said "a culture of fear" exists among staff.

Police were called to a recent meeting of Canada's largest school board amid accusations one trustee held the director of education hostage in her office in the latest example of headline-grabbing infighting.

"It is now clear that we have no choice but to act," said Sandals.

The TDSB was the subject of two external audits which uncovered problems with capital and structural deficits and with trustee expenses, but it's the public disputes between staff and trustees that drew the government's attention.

"The school board has been plagued by issues that go beyond purely financial concerns, with almost daily examples of confrontation, obfuscation and a lack of communication," said Sandals.  (more...)

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