Ontario Working to Restore Public Confidence at TDSB
Province to Appoint Panel to Consult With Public on Improved Governance
Ontario is seeking public input on possible ways to improve the Toronto District School Board, restore public confidence and ensure student achievement and well-being.
The province has appointed a seven member advisory panel to lead public consultations about how to improve the governance structure at the Toronto District School Board (TDSB). The panel will look for ways to improve the day to day function as well as enhance efficiency on Canada's largest school board. Consultations will take place between March and May 2015.
This panel was established to support one of the recommendations in Margaret Wilson's review of the TDSB, to examine possible structural and procedural changes at the board.
The province has appointed:
- Barbara Hall (Chair)
- Dr. Vicki Bismilla
- Patrick Case
- Briony Glassco
- Shirley Hoy
- Richard Powers
- Jennifer Williams
The consultation process will involve public meetings and online submissions with individuals and organizations, including parents, trustees, senior staff and union representatives across the TDSB community. Once available, further details will be online.
The panel will report back to the Minister of Education with their recommendations based on the consultations by Summer 2015.
Improving the function and efficiency of the TDSB is part of the government's economic plan for Ontario. The four-part plan is building Ontario up by investing in people's talents and skills, building new public infrastructure like roads and transit, creating a dynamic, supportive environment where business thrives and building a secure savings plan so everyone can afford to retire.
- On Nov. 25, 2014, the Minister asked Margaret Wilson to conduct a review of the performance of the TDSB in response to serious and persistent governance concerns.
- In response to Margaret Wilson’s report on January 15, 2015, the Minister of Education provided directions to the board to address specific governance concerns.
- The Toronto District School Board is the largest and one of the most diverse school boards in Canada. There are approximately 246,000 students attending nearly 600 schools.
“I’m confident that the individuals on this panel will bring a depth of experience and perspectives to ensure there is meaningful discussion with the Toronto District School Board community on these very important issues. I'm also optimistic that the work of the advisory panel will inform any necessary changes at the TDSB and will help restore public confidence in the board.”
“I’m pleased to chair this panel leading the consultations on reviewing the governance structures at the TDSB. I look forward to productive input from the TDSB community.”