Friday, April 17, 2015

What to do with TDSB? Read King Lear

Breaking up the Toronto District School Board would be a drastic change, but it is just one of several radical ideas on the table for a panel examining the board.

When Education Minister Liz Sandals announced the seven-person panel last month, she said it would look at whether the TDSB is too big. However, the members are also researching how a couple of dozen other boards operate, said their chair, former Toronto mayor Barbara Hall.

“We asked for examples of other large boards in Ontario, across Canada and in North America,” said Ms. Hall. “We said, ‘What about Chicago, what about New York?’”

Chicago and New York are among several U.S. cities that abolished elected boards in the past two decades and put the school system under the control of mayoral appointees.

Closer to home, some Ontario school boards also do things differently, with their trustees elected at large instead of ward by ward, Ms. Hall said.  (more...)

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