Friday, December 11, 2015

Edu-cronyism: Ontario says TDSB has new leadership it needs to address structural issues

Ontario Education Minister Liz Sandals says she won’t be placing Canada’s largest school board under supervision, because the new leadership is a “much better recipe” for fixing major structural problems.

Toronto District School Board trustees appointed John Malloy as interim education director on Wednesday. Mr. Malloy, an assistant deputy education minister and former director of the Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board, replaces Donna Quan, who is stepping down after a rocky tenure.

Ms. Sandals described Ms. Quan’s departure as “transformative” for the school board, saying the institution has the new, external leadership it needs.

The government typically resorts to provincial supervision when a school board is in severe financial trouble, Ms. Sandals said in an interview on Thursday.

“It’s a really good tool for fixing money, but it’s never, ever been a good tool for fixing behaviour,” she said. “It’s really important that we get the cultural issues fixed.”  (more...)

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