Administrative Review To Begin At Toronto District School Board
McGuinty Government Appoints Dave Cooke to Examine Process
The accommodation review process at the Toronto District School Board for Timothy Eaton Business and Technical Institute will be examined.
Dave Cooke, a former Ontario Education Minister, has been appointed as independent facilitator to lead this administrative review to determine if the board followed its locally developed accommodation review process for Timothy Eaton Business and Technical Institute. He will consult with the local accommodation review committee, the school board and people who participated in the process.
The Ministry of Education approved this request for an administrative review of the board's accommodation review process. Cooke will begin work in early August and upon completion of his review, will provide Education Minister Kathleen Wynne with a final report. Wynne will release the report's findings to the school board and the public.
Decisions about student accommodations -- including school closures -- are the responsibility of locally elected school boards. Boards were required to develop accommodation review processes that comply with the government's Pupil Accommodation Review Guideline which emphasizes consultation, transparency and local accountability. Administrative reviews help communities and boards fulfill those core principles.
- The ministry's Pupil Accommodation Review Guideline mandates minimum timelines for consultation and an evaluation process based on the value of a school to its students and the community.
- The guideline helps direct boards during pupil accommodation reviews, which are required in most circumstances when a school closure is considered.
- The ministry has no authority to over-turn school closure decisions or delay their implementation.
- Dave Cooke has performed other independent reviews of school closure processes, providing valuable feedback to school boards, communities and the ministry.