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Enhancing Equity Task Force Report and Recommendations

The Enhancing Equity Task Force Report and Recommendations are now available online as part of the agenda for the December 13 Board meeting.

Thank you to everyone in our community who shared their voice and experiences to inform this important work. The Toronto District School Board is a leader in equity, but we know more can – and must – be done to support students, especially the most marginalized.

Equity is not about taking things away from students who are thriving, but rather enhancing supports for those who are falling behind.

Over the past year, more than 7,000 people shared their voices and while the issues and feedback varied, the overriding theme was consistent: students need access to opportunities to succeed.

Next Steps

Trustees will review the report and recommendations at the Board meeting on December 13. As part of the report’s submission, the Director has recommended that Trustees refer the report back to staff so our team of educators and experts can begin to review and examine these recommendations in greater detail.

Report and Recommendations

Enhancing Equity Task Force Report and Recommendations, December 13, 2017 (PDF)

Enhancing Equity Task Force Report and Recommendations, December 13, 2017 (WORD)   

- Covering Board Report from Director of Education (read first)
- Report and Recommendations
    

 

Common Questions and Answers

Will recommendations include closing specialized schools such as schools for the Arts?
No. As we have previously communicated there will be no closure of specialized schools.

Will there be closure of specialized programs such as TOPS or International Baccalaureate?
No, these programs will continue. What is clear is that the TDSB needs to find ways to expand the opportunities that these schools and programs offer.

Will Special Education and Gifted programs continue?
Yes, Special Education programs will continue to be offered. The Enhancing Equity Task Force report does include draft recommendations that do touch on delivery models for special education and Gifted programs. No decisions have been made on the draft recommendations. 

Based on the most recent round of feedback from October 6 to November 20, the report will be revised. It will then be presented to the Board of Trustees on December 13, 2017. At the Board meeting, Trustees will determine the next steps and timing for further exploration of these recommendations; no final decisions will be made. There will absolutely be more opportunity for the community to have input before any decisions are made by the Board.

Do the draft recommendations propose destreaming Grade 9?
Yes. This is not the first time the TDSB has discussed destreaming and it is currently practiced in a number of pilot schools in the Board. You can learn more about destreaming here. That being said, no system decisions have been made.

Based on the most recent round of feedback from October 6 to November 20, the report will be revised. It will then be presented to the Board of Trustees on December 13, 2017. At the Board meeting, Trustees will determine the next steps and timing for further exploration of these recommendations; no final decisions will be made. There will absolutely be more opportunity for the community to have input before any decisions are made by the Board.

What impact would destreaming have on Special Education or Gifted programs?
None. Destreaming encourages all students to take the academic stream instead of the applied stream. There would still be programs and locally developed support for those identified with special education and gifted needs.

Will there still be Optional Attendance in 2018?
Yes. Optional Attendance is a policy of the Board. As such, any changes are subject to the Board’s policy review process which is governed by the Policy Framework (P001) and Policy Development and Management Procedure (PR501).

 

In the draft recommendations, there was a proposed recommendation related to optional attendance. No decision has been made. Based on the most recent round of feedback from October 6 to November 20, the report will be revised. It will then be presented to the Board of Trustees on December 13, 2017. At the Board meeting, Trustees will determine the next steps and timing for further exploration of these recommendations; no final decisions will be made. There will absolutely be more opportunity for the community to have input before any decisions are made by the Board.

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