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TDSB to review school safety measures after stabbing death — The Toronto District School Board plans on reviewing its school safety measures after the stabbing death of a high school student last month. Director of Education Donna Quan announced on Monday that a three-member steering committee will review the circumstances leading to the death of 19-year-old Hamid Aminzada, a student at North Albion Collegiate Institute.

Province gets Toronto Catholic trustees to reinstate no-trespass order — Toronto Catholic school trustees have reinstated a no-trespass order after being reprimanded by the province for allowing a father into an elementary school following an incident where he allegedly threatened the principal and assaulted a caretaker. Toronto Catholic District School Board trustees held a meeting late Thursday to reverse a decision made a week prior, and to comply with a Ministry of Labour directive.

School trustees rapped for lifting order that barred ‘aggressive’ parent — Toronto Catholic school board trustees are being reprimanded by the government for rescinding a trespassing order against a father who allegedly accosted an elementary school principal and caretaker after his daughter was cut from the school soccer team.

Educators still trying to attract more women to technology, science fields — Growing up, Ruqaiyah Baksh always wanted to be a chemical engineer. But once she got to high school, the 17-year-old straight-A student reconsidered, and now she hopes to study business at university instead.

Tests show provincial differences in math, reading, science education — Ontario students are ahead in reading but not in math, while those in Quebec are ahead in math but struggling in science, according to the latest standardized test results released by the Council of Ministers of Education, Canada (CMEC).

Ontario orders school board trustees to cancel pay raises — The Ontario government is ordering school board trustees to reverse a decision to award themselves pay raises. Trustees at several boards, including Windsor, Halton and the Durham region, recently passed motions to increase their honorariums, anticipating an end to the legislated four-year wage freeze for the public sector.

TDSB committee votes to stop Confucius Institute — Canada's largest school board is joining a handful of other academic institutions in taking steps to sever its ties to a language and culture program controlled by the Chinese government. A Toronto District School Board committee voted on Wednesday evening to terminate the Confucius Institute.

Court rules against TDSB sports facility appeal — The fate of a recreational facility at a Toronto high school is in jeopardy after the school board lost its court appeal against the city.

TDSB trustees working towards ending partnership with Confucius Institute — Trustees at Canada's largest school board are taking their first formal steps to dissolve a controversial partnership with the Chinese government. A Toronto District School Board committee will table a motion on Wednesday to terminate the agreement with the Confucius Institute.

Shania Twain opens clubhouse for at-risk youth in Brampton — Canadian country singer Shania Twain did not like attending school. She often went to school hungry and did not have weather-appropriate clothing. "I felt left out and inferior," she told a group of children on Friday at Sir Winston Churchill Public School in Brampton, Ont.
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Oct 20, 2014

@Justchrisbolton We have sent you an email with important questions. Have you received? Please respond to email. Thanks.

Oct 20, 2014

. @HowardGoodman on the @TheAgenda answering what trustees do: help constiuents; school board policy; and challenge the province #onted

Oct 20, 2014

RT @spaikin: You vote for mayor & councillor. How abt trustee? Outgoing TDSB trustee @HowardGoodman tells us why we should at 8/11 http://t…

Oct 20, 2014

TDSB to review school safety measures after stabbing death #onted

Oct 20, 2014

Good pt made on new #TDSB safety panel: Previous panel after death of Jordan Manners made recommendations. What will new panel do?

Oct 20, 2014

TDSB to announce steering team to review school safety, circumstances around student's death

Oct 20, 2014

School trustees not compelled to post details of expenses, Education Minister says… #onted

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