Thursday, January 22, 2015

Six of one... half a dozen of the other

The Ontario government has released a list of 13 directives ordering the Toronto District School Board to make drastic changes to the role of school trustees, and clearing the way for closing up to 100 schools. We have been down this road before. When the Mike Harris government was attempting to impose its will on school boards across Ontario, it accused the trustees in Toronto and other cities of being “dysfunctional” if they resisted the Conservative directives.

The behaviour of a small number of trustees and board staff was rightly called into question. But in fact many of the individuals who were in the centre of the controversy have gone, either of their own accord or by defeat in last fall’s election.  (more...)

So, what's better? A dysfunctional school board, or a dysfunctional ministry of education?

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