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Education Reporter — Globe and Mail
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Education reporter at The Globe and Mail (, on mat leave till Jan. 2016, mom of 2, juggler.

Teachers’ pay should be based on performance, not years worked: report — Teachers should receive pay increases based on their classroom performance and student feedback, not years in the profession, according to a new report commissioned by a group representing Canada's largest employers. The report from the Canadian Council of Chief Executives (CCCE) says the current teacher compensation model is ineffective, and that its recommendations could improve the quality of classroom instruction.

TDSB’s Donna Quan to provide contract to new chair — The top-ranking staffer of the Toronto District School Board will release her employment contract to the board's newly appointed chair by Monday. Chair Shaun Chen told trustees late on Thursday that education director Donna Quan will provide him with a copy of her contract, as well as those of two of her predecessors, by Dec.

Former chair says she failed in last-ditch bid to see contract of director — In her final hours as chair of the Toronto District School Board, Mari Rutka sent an e-mail to trustees: Despite repeated efforts, she writes, she failed to obtain a copy of the employment contract for the board's top-ranking staffer, leaving confusion swirling over how much education director Donna Quan is paid.

Shaun Chen elected as new chair of Toronto District School Board — The new chair of the Toronto District School Board has promised the board will be more open after months of secrecy and infighting that prompted Premier Kathleen Wynne's government to step in. A new board of trustees elected Shaun Chen, a Phd student in social justice education, as chair Monday evening by a secret ballot.

Behind the bitter tensions at the Toronto school board — Vidyia Rego's career as chief financial officer of the Toronto District School Board ended abruptly after she raised alarm bells about a program that runs summer camps for children in inner-city neighbourhoods.

Outgoing TDSB chair welcomes provincial probe into structure of board — The outgoing chair of the Toronto District School Board says she's encouraged that a provincial probe will fix the problems plaguing the institution. Mari Rutka, who lost her seat in the recent municipal elections, met with Education Minister Liz Sandals on Wednesday, after she asked the province to intervene.

Ontario hires consultant to review Toronto school board — The Ontario government is taking the unusual step of hiring a consultant to probe governance issues at the Toronto District School Board amid growing concerns over tensions between trustees and the board's top-ranking staffer.

TDSB director’s salary hiked despite letter from Education Minister — The former chair of the Toronto District School Board awarded a pay increase to its top-ranking staffer, ignoring an edict from Ontario's Education Minister to freeze the salary of the education director.

Education Minister plans meet with TDSB chair amid turmoil — A culture of intimidation pervades Canada's largest school board, in which trustees who ask uncomfortable questions or seek greater accountability are subjected to "public shaming," a veteran trustee has told the province's Education Minister.

Toronto trustees call for province to probe school board — The chair of Canada's largest school board is calling on Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne's government to intervene with the board's highest ranking staffer, alleging that director of education Donna Quan has blocked trustees from probing controversial payments and partnerships.
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May 28, 2015

RT @louisebrownstar: #OSSTF says back-to-work leg has "robbed them of a fundamental right" and "inflames a situation already rife with animosity + distrust"

May 26, 2015

Ontario public high school teachers' strike in three boards ruled illegal #onted

May 26, 2015

RT @seleross: OLRB sets a precedent by ruling OSSTF strikes illegal, saying they happened at the wrong tier. But the chair says it's also case-by-case.

May 26, 2015

Premier open to changing Ontario teacher bargaining process once negotiations over #onted

May 25, 2015

RT @JaneTaber1: Ont PC ed critic Dunlop says his party will support leg - want students back in classroom as soon as possible

May 25, 2015

"We've got a lot of negotiating to do," Sandals says of various teacher unions in strike positions #onted

May 25, 2015

RT @seleross: In Durham, 5 weeks out of class, the board is looking at cancelling end-of-year exams in order to maximize teaching time. #onpoli

May 25, 2015

Sandals: If legislation goes through quickly, it could be possible to get high school students back to class tomorrow. #onted

May 25, 2015

RT @allisonjones_cp: Sandals says if there is a central OSSTF strike it couldn't include Durham, Rainbow and Peel bc students' years already ruled in jeopardy.

May 25, 2015

Sandals reiterates school year in "jeopardy" for public high school students in Peel, Durham and Sudbury, where teachers striking #onted

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