On Tuesday, February 10, 2015, the TDSB approved motions to comply with the Ontario Ministry of Education’s 13 directives.
The Trustees approved a plan to move forward and review up to 60 schools through a process of community consultation with a view to consolidating schools, changing attendance borders, adjusting programs, and selling off school properties. It is not clear at this time the exact number of schools under threat of closure or the process that is to be used to consult local communities. The Board is expected to release a comprehensive plan shortly.
It remains to be seen if the Ministry feels their directives have been followed sufficiently. The TDSB expects a response sometime after the imposed Ministry deadline for compliance on Friday, February 13, 2015.
ETT will be closely monitoring the TDSB’s consultation plans and the Ministry’s response with our partners, including OSSTF D12, CUPE 4400, Toronto Labour Council, supportive Trustees, community groups, parents, NDP Education Critic Peter Tabuns, supportive City Councillors, and other allies.
Together, we will be responding with a plan of action to:
- foster a real and open dialogue about our education system;
- ensure our students have the programs and supports they need to thrive;
- keep community schools open;
- encourage the use of under capacity schools for community use;
- and oppose selling our shared public assets and space.
For more information about possible school closures and reorganization please visit the ETT Website.