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Education reporter at The Globe and Mail (, on mat leave till Jan. 2016, mom, juggler.

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.

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.
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Dec 19, 2014

@DeweyDecker @kahowlett They may have no choice but to do that, esp b/c Minister reiterated wage-freeze legislation.

Dec 17, 2014

Dalhousie dentistry students face restorative justice for Facebook posts

Dec 17, 2014

. @kahowlett is at #tdsb meeting tonight where trustees are finally reviewing director's contract, in private

Dec 17, 2014

RT @kahowlett: #TDSB trustees' private meeting just ended but no word on whether they will release details of director Donna Quan's contract. 1/2

Dec 17, 2014

Will #TDSB trustees, who campaigned on transparency, clear the air and release details on director Donna Quan's contract? Hmm...

Dec 17, 2014

RT @kahowlett: Margaret Wilson, appointed by Education Minister to review problems at the #TDSB, will release her report the week of Jan. 12

Dec 17, 2014

New #TDSB board of trustees will see director's contract today. @kahowlett and I on the controversy around it

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