Responding to TDSB Task Force Recommendation to Phase Out Specialized Schools

Dear parents and guardians:

We know that in recent days many of you have heard about the TDSB Enhancing Equity Task Force draft report dated October 3, 2017 and released on Oct. 6th.

The Task Force has developed a set of draft recommendations to provide guidance to the TDSB on how to enhance the delivery of equitable education. The Task Force recommendations include the realignment of resources, so that every cluster of local schools can offer a variety of specialty programs. Once this is in place, the Task Force recommends that optional attendance and specialized schools be phased out.

The draft recommendation of phasing out specialized schools is understandably of concern to the ESA community. School Council has had little opportunity to review the Task Force report in detailed.

However, we wanted to communicate to parents to ensure that they are aware of the October 31st deadline to provide feedback on the Task Force report. The deadline will occur before the next scheduled School Council meeting, so we would urge parents to individually provide their feedback to the Task Force if they want their voices to be heard.

Here is the link to the Task Force report.

Here is the link to the form to provide feedback to the Task Force report.

School Council will be developing a response to the Task Force report.

In the meantime, we urge you to review the report and to provide feedback to ensure your voice is heard. You can also contact School Trustee Pamela Gough [email protected] to voice your opinion.

If you have any questions or comments, please reach out to us at [email protected]