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

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.

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.
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Nov 26, 2014

And that's a wrap folks: TDSB meeting is done for the night and it's only 9:15.

Nov 26, 2014

TDSB trustees overwhelmingly vote to approve Central Tech sports facility despite court decisions

Nov 26, 2014

"I'm touched by the emotion in the room here," said TDSB director of education Donna Quan, who is at the centre of much controversy.

Nov 26, 2014

TDSB chair Mari Rutka briefly speaks of meeting with Min of Ed saying she hopes it will lead to "positive changes" at the board.

Nov 26, 2014

Except for one trustee, of course, who thought it appropriate to call his colleagues idiots #TDSB

Nov 26, 2014

Standing ovations. Kind words. Hugs. Am I really at the TDSB meeting?

Nov 26, 2014

TDSB honouring a number of trustees, including Chris Bolton who resigned abruptly amid controversy

Nov 26, 2014

At TDSB, where current board meets for the last time and after this happened:

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