Time to go without trustees
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