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

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.

China proposes to cut ties with Toronto school board ahead of vote — The Chinese government has proposed axing a controversial partnership with Canada's largest school board days ahead of a trustee vote on the issue. Toronto District School Board trustees were expected to terminate the agreement with the Confucius Institute at a meeting next Wednesday, potentially creating an embarrassing rejection for leadership in Beijing.

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).
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Oct 31, 2014

RT @SeanFitz_Gerald: Neighbours @mrjraven and @amydempsey showing us up. Giving out juice boxes for Halloween. More than one trick-or-treater raving about them.

Oct 31, 2014

@perreaux @DakGlobe It is completely rigged - atleast that's my feeling. I mean, she wore a giant Cathy head last year and still didn't win.

Oct 31, 2014

In Jian Ghomeshi scandal’s wake, Carleton launches review of interns it sent to CBC

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