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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).

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.
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Oct 25, 2014

RT @SeanFitz_Gerald: Voter in Toronto? You maybe want to read this story tied to the school board:… @calphonso @kahowlett (Greg McArthur)

Oct 25, 2014

A ‘big fish’ seeks a seat at the Toronto District School Board

Oct 24, 2014

Parents threaten to pull kids from ‘festering’ Toronto school

Oct 24, 2014

China proposes axing partnership with Toronto school board ahead of vote

Oct 23, 2014

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Oct 23, 2014

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Oct 23, 2014

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