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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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Apr 18, 2015

@Laurel_S83 on mat leave, but still interested in what's going on (in between diaper changes and feedings)

Apr 18, 2015

RT @DurhamDSB: Important Notice for Secondary Students & Families Strike by Durham Secondary Teachers, schools closed as of April 20 http:/…

Apr 18, 2015

Here we go ... Durham high school teachers on strike, schools will be closed Monday… #onted #osstf

Apr 17, 2015

RT @osstf: Contrary to some reports, only two #OSSTF strike dates are set: Durham DSB April 20, Rainbow DSB April 27.

Apr 15, 2015

RT @nparnessCTV: Just days away from a possible teachers strike in Durham and preparations are underway #OSSTF #onted

Apr 12, 2015

OISE dean considers legal options after faculty called for her removal

Apr 10, 2015

Squeezed, and loving it: 5 kids, 2 adults in a 1,000 square foot condo

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