Time to go with­out trus­tees

Toronto Star - - CANADA -

Re Min­is­ter to meet York board over con­cerns about racism, Nov. 2

It is time we should do away with the cur­rent oversight ar­range­ment for school boards. That the York board could ig­nore par­ents’ con­cerns for so long, and that trus­tees were un­able to do any­thing about it, shows a break­down of gov­er­nance and oversight.

My cur­rent ex­pe­ri­ence of en­gag­ing the Peel board and the trus­tees on the school bus de­lay is­sue re­flects sim­i­lar frus­tra­tions.

There is no point in hav­ing trus­tees who can­not or would not hold school-board ex­ec­u­tives ac­count­able. Or school-board ex­ec­u­tives who can fla­grantly ig­nore de­ci­sions made by trus­tees.

Sadly, in most in­stances, trus­tees do not speak for their con­stituents. The cur­rent trustee-school board gov­er­nance ar­range­ment should be sim­pli­fied with the Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion be­ing re­spon­si­ble over­all for the school boards.

Do­ing away with trus­tees would save mil­lions of dol­lars that could be put to bet­ter use. Then there would be a sin­gle per­son held ac­count­able, the min­is­ter, who could no longer use the ex­cuse that he is not al­lowed to in­ter­vene in the op­er­a­tions of the boards. Many coun­tries with suc­cess­ful ed­u­ca­tion sys­tems have one cen­tral body re­spon­si­ble for ed­u­ca­tion. It is time that we adopt that best prac­tice. The cur­rent sys­tem is hurt­ing the kids. Salmon Lee, Mis­sis­sauga

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