Thursday, May 18, 2017

In wake of racism scandal, York school board says 'sorry'

The York Region District School Board (YRDSB) is apologizing to Charline Grant as part of a settlement of the human rights complaint she launched after being called the "N-word" by a former board trustee.

Prior to the racial slur, Grant had come forward with allegations that her son was discriminated against because of his race at his Woodbridge-area school.

Other allegations from other parents surfaced over the past year, leading to a review by the Ministry of Education that in April described a "culture of fear" and found "systemic discrimination" at the school board.

The mediated settlement between Grant and the YRDSB outlines several steps the board is promising to take in order to address issues of racism and discrimination.

While much of it reinforces the 22 directives issued to the board in the ministerial review, the settlement includes an apology to Grant, her family and the black community for the board's "failure to respond appropriately to the use of a racial slur towards a parent by a former trustee."

The apology from the board describes its response to complaints about racism as "hostile, dismissive, arrogant, and inappropriate."  (more...)

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Will the social Darwinian premises of our education establishment come into question? Don't count on it.

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