McGuinty government announces students and parents will get their local representatives back

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McGuinty government announces students and parents will get their local representatives back

Ministry of Education

TORONTO, Oct. 31 - Minister of Education Gerard Kennedy announced today that supervisors are no longer in control of the Toronto, Hamilton- Wentworth and Ottawa-Carleton district school boards. The process to restore local authority is beginning immediately. "We clearly stated during the provincial election that our goal is to ensure that important decisions about schools in Hamilton, Ottawa and Toronto are made by trustees elected by the voters," said Kennedy. "They are in the best position to make the decisions needed to improve student achievement." The supervisors were appointed by the previous government to oversee the administration of the three school boards. Kennedy said that MPPs visited the boards this morning to confirm that the supervisors' terms officially end today and to discuss new arrangements. New boards of trustees will be elected on November 10 and will begin to take over the administration of the Toronto, Hamilton-Wentworth and Ottawa- Carleton district school boards after December 1. In the interim, a co-management team consisting of the current Chair of the Board of Trustees, the Director of Education and a senior ministry official will hold open meetings, meet with parents and put in place the conditions for a successful return of trustee control of the board. "This is the beginning of a new relationship between our government and trustees across the province," said Kennedy. "We are keeping our commitment to make public education the best education." Disponible en fran├žais For more information visit www.edu.gov.on.caFor further information: Dave Ross, Ministry of Education, (416) 325-2709; Katherine Telford, Minister's Office, (416) 325-2600