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Education Reporter — Globe and Mail
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Education reporter at The Globe and Mail (, mom, juggler.

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.

Toronto school trustee charged with confinement, harassment — A Toronto District School Board trustee has been arrested and charged by police with forcible confinement and criminal harassment by police. The charges are related to multiple alleged incidents at the school board office. The charges against veteran trustee Howard Goodman stem from allegations spanning from the fall of 2013 to more recently, police spokesman Victor Kwong said.

The fundraising gap at Toronto schools — Parent councils are taking it upon themselves to bridge the fundraising gap between the city's schools, forming partnerships between have and have-not communities.

Fundraising clout gives Toronto’s affluent schools a wider edge — Schools in Toronto's most affluent neighbourhoods are fundraising 300 times more money per student than needier schools, using the cash for field trips and playground renovations and raising questions about equity in the public-education system.

Ontario turning to parents to help craft new sex-ed curriculum — The Ontario government is going back to the drawing board for more consultations over a revised physical education curriculum that was shelved after a small group of parents raised concerns about content they viewed as too explicit.

Toronto school board votes to sever ties to Confucius Institute — The Toronto District School Board has officially severed its ties to a Confucius Institute subsidized and controlled by the government of China. Trustees overwhelmingly voted in favour of terminating an agreement that would have taught elementary students Mandarin and other cultural programs controlled by China's Ministry of Education.

Toronto school board releases former chair’s expense claims — The former chair of the Toronto District School Board claimed about $6,500 in travel expenses on a four-week trip to China in 2011, documents show. Chris Bolton made several trips to China during his 10 years as a trustee, according to former TDSB employees.

A ‘big fish’ seeks a seat at the Toronto District School Board — He is a formidable political organizer, the owner of a pub, a cancer drug research firm and a professional soccer club in Greece. Among his closest allies are former provincial ministers, city councillors and school board trustees.
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Nov 22, 2014

RT @globeandmail: The salary of TDSB director Donna Quan was hiked despite a letter from the Education Minister

Nov 22, 2014

The fight of their lives: After years of neglect, Canadian Thalidomide survivors make a plea for help

Nov 21, 2014

RT @globeandmail: Fight of their lives: After years of neglect, Canadian Thalidomide survivors plea for help

Nov 21, 2014

ICYMI, Education Minister told #TDSB to hold the line on director's salary, but the chair went ahead and hiked it

Nov 21, 2014

A must read piece by @KBlazeCarlson: Rinelle’s recovery: 'We want our hearts to be peaceful,' family says

Nov 21, 2014

@kenlister1 @kahowlett Minister will have to deal with this. Curious as to what the thinking is among new trustees to latest controversy.

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