Review of Peel District School Board to Commence
Government Takes Action to Ensure Inclusive Environment for All Students
TORONTO — Today, Stephen Lecce, Minister of Education, announced the appointees to conduct a formal review of the Peel District School Board (PDSB).
Further to a statement made by Minister Lecce on November 7, 2019, Suzanne Herbert and Ena Chadha have been appointed to conduct an immediate review of the PDSB.
The review is intended to address concerns about equity, including anti-Black racism, and serious issues related to governance, leadership and human resources practices in the board. The reviewers will work closely with PDSB and provide a report to the Minister, which includes how the board can work to ensure effective board governance that promotes equality, increases accountability and transparency, and safeguards the success and well-being of all students.
"Schools must be safe, inclusive and welcoming places, not only for students and their families, but for the entire community, which is why the need for this review is critical," said Minister Lecce. "We are moving forward with the appointment of two reviewers - Ms. Herbert and Ms. Chadha - as part of our efforts to combat racism and help ensure all children feel respected in schools. We want all students, parents, educators, and staff to see themselves reflected in their schools and school boards, and this review will help the PDSB move forward in this mission."
The Ontario government is committed to creating learning and working environments where all students and staff feel welcome, included, and respected. This review is critical to assuring students, parents, and educators that schools and school boards respect and uphold principles of equity and human rights.
- The reviewers will submit a final report to the Minister of Education, with a copy to the PDSB, by Winter 2020, with an interim report submitted by the end of 2019.
- The Peel DSB is the second largest school district in Ontario, serving a diverse student population across Brampton, Caledon, and Mississauga and the surrounding areas west of the city of Toronto. The Board has 217 elementary schools and 42 secondary schools and over 155,000 students.