Education minister orders ‘urgent review’ of York Region District School Board
CBC News | January 26, 2017
Ontario’s education minister has ordered an « urgent review » of the York Region District School Board after she says the board failed to adequately address governance and equity issues within the board.
Minister Mitzie Hunter issued a statement Thursday to say she has appointed two people to conduct the review: Patrick Case, a law professor and former trustee with what used to be the Toronto Board of Education, and Suzanne Herbert, a former deputy minister in Ontario, including deputy of education.
The move comes as the board remains embroiled in controversy over allegations of racism and other problems from parents and community members, including calls for a trustee to step down after she apologized for using a racial slur regarding a student’s mother.
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The National Council of Canadian Muslims applauded the minister’s response Thursday.
« It’s clear that trust has been broken, » the organization’s spokeswoman Amira Elghawaby said in a news release. « The Minister’s decision to launch a review is being welcomed by many York families who now feel the serious concerns they have about their children’s well-being are being heard. »