Toronto District School Board

Q&A: Education Minister Liz Sandals on getting the new sex ed curriculum pa... Q&A: Education Minister Liz Sandals on getting the new sex ed curriculum past a mob of angry parents

By Malcolm Johnston | Photograph by Erin Leydon In September, under your new curriculum, students will learn about anal and oral sex starting in Grade 7. Why is that the appropriate age? Because Public Health data shows that 22 per cent of Grade 9 and 10 students have had intercourse. And while teen pregnancy is… Read more »

Could the TDSB really be broken up into smaller school boards? Could the TDSB really be broken up into smaller school boards?

THE IDEA Earlier this month, education minister Liz Sandals appointed an expert panel to troubleshoot the notoriously dysfunctional Toronto District School Board, whose many problems range from multi-million-dollar deficits, to rampant political infighting, to harassment and intimidation among trustees and senior staff. One of the options under discussion will be breaking the board into smaller… Read more »

Inside the nasty, bizarro, contemptible, gobsmackingly screwed-up soap opera tha... Inside the nasty, bizarro, contemptible, gobsmackingly screwed-up soap opera that is the TDSB

In a perfect world, the Toronto District School Board would receive zero attention. Its trustees and bureaucrats would hum away quietly in the background, dutifully ensuring the safety and functionality of the city’s 589 public schools. Instead, it’s a perpetual headline generator, churning out sordid tales of dysfunction, infighting and impropriety with such regularity that… Read more »

TDSB Education Director Donna Quan’s pay package is now slightly less mysterious TDSB Education Director Donna Quan’s pay package is now slightly less mysterious

$289,000 —Donna Quan’s current salary as director of education for the Toronto District School Board, according to a TDSB spokesperson. Quan’s salary has been a topic of speculation, because her employment contract hasn’t been available for scrutiny by politicians. Former TDSB chair Mari Rutka claims to have tried and failed to get a copy of… Read more »

Not every TDSB school is rolling in bake-sale money Not every TDSB school is rolling in bake-sale money

$891.44 —The amount of donation money raised per student during the 2012-2013 session at Quest Alternative Senior School, a 68-student junior high school in Riverdale. According to a Globe analysis, Quest is one of the fortunate few. The citywide average for funds raised per student at public schools is just under $150, and most schools—particularly… Read more »

A TDSB trustee billed taxpayers for a tour of Israel, for some reason A TDSB trustee billed taxpayers for a tour of Israel, for some reason

$3,765 —The amount of Toronto District School Board money trustee Gerri Gershon spent on a tour of Israel, according to an internal audit of this and other questionable trustee expense claims obtained by the Star. Gershon told the Star that the junket was intended to promote interfaith relations, and that she “tweeted the entire trip.”

TDSB is spending $700,000 to fix a security breach it created all by itself TDSB is spending $700,000 to fix a security breach it created all by itself

In the bitterly ironic world of Toronto District School Board politics, even a newspaper investigation into wasteful spending can, itself, lead to more wasteful spending. Case in point: according to the Globe, the district is currently spending an estimated $700,000 to change locks in about 140 schools. This is happening because school board officials accidentally… Read more »

Ex-TDSB director Chris Spence wants the University of Toronto to let him keep hi... Ex-TDSB director Chris Spence wants the University of Toronto to let him keep his PhD

It’s possible that Chris Spence has suffered enough. Hired as TDSB’s education director in 2009, his reform mandate came to an abrupt end last year after he was forced to admit to being a serial plagiarist, calling his wide body of published work into question. Now, it seems as though the University of Toronto is… Read more »

TDSB trustees are misusing their expense accounts, an auditor finds TDSB trustees are misusing their expense accounts, an auditor finds

The Toronto District School Board’s trustees have a new bullet point to add to their lengthy resume of failures: a new internal audit concludes that some of them have been racking up improper office expenses.

What’s the matter with the Toronto District School Board? What’s the matter with the Toronto District School Board?

Today’s revelation that the Toronto District School Board has funneled tens of thousands of taxpayer dollars into a charity founded by its own board chair is only the latest in a long series of politically damaging news stories to emerge out of the organization over the past two years. Allegations of sexual harassment, plagiarism, homophobia,… Read more »

Opinion: what are we really talking about when we talk about “buck-naked men... Opinion: what are we really talking about when we talk about “buck-naked men” at the Pride parade?

Toronto District School Board trustee Sam Sotiropoulos appears to be calling for mass arrests of naked people at an international event commemorating the mass arrests of naked people. Earlier this week, the trustee for Scarborough-Agincourt stunned many by drafting a motion instructing the school board to ask the city to enforce Canada’s public-nudity laws against… Read more »

School board trustees want the city to arrest naked people at the Pride parade, ... School board trustees want the city to arrest naked people at the Pride parade, for the children

What happens if a high school student sees a naked dude during the Pride parade? Toronto District School Board trustees Sam Sotiropoulos, Irene Atkinson and John Hastings seem to think the outcome will be something like this—but in any case, they’re not waiting to find out. The three trustees are tabling a motion at tonight’s… Read more »

Editor’s Letter (December 2012): under the influence Editor’s Letter (December 2012): under the influence

David Mirvish’s plan to tear down the Princess of Wales Theatre and build three 80-plus-storey Frank Gehry–designed condo towers on King Street isn’t very popular. When he announced his intentions, the city’s pessimists were quick to complain: the towers were too tall, too garish, too dominating, and would add way too many new people to… Read more »

Susur Lee goes all Jamie Oliver with new TDSB cafeteria initiative Susur Lee goes all Jamie Oliver with new TDSB cafeteria initiative

Last year, the Toronto District School Board closed 32 of its cafeterias after the province set stricter guidelines about serving healthy food in schools, sending unimpressed students scurrying off-campus for lunch. Now the board has brought in Susur Lee, fresh off the opening of Bent, to help “spice up” the cafeteria’s menus, as the Toronto Star… Read more »

Buyers beware: several schools near condo towers have no room for new students Buyers beware: several schools near condo towers have no room for new students

Living in a condo building with kids can be tough: there’s less space for playtime, more insults from deputy mayor Doug Holyday and now—worryingly—no room at local schools. The Toronto District School Board has posted notices in several communities warning condo buyers that nearby public schools are over capacity and can’t accept more students. For… Read more »