Thursday, May 19, 2016

Principals ordered to confiscate letter demanding ‘transparency’ in York board

The York Region school board caused an uproar among principals by demanding they intercept a letter sent to all parent councils — even ordering them to send the document, “including the envelope it arrived in,” to head office.

But, just two days later, the board backed down from the unusual demand after the Ontario Principals’ Council intervened, expressing concerns they’d heard in a flood of questions and complaints from members over the directive, which targetted a controversial letter from a parent coalition.

“What kind of relationship will we have with our families and communities when they feel we are going to go and take their mail and send it to the board office?” said one York principal, who did not wish to be identified for fear of reprisal.

“It is unfair for the board to do this to us and make us act as police. Some of our communities, it took us a long time to build trust and all this does is ruin all our work. But I feel like this does not matter to our board anymore.”  (more...)

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