TDSB Official Says Systemic Racism is Why Black Students More Likely to Get Expelled

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TDSB Official Says Systemic Racism is Why Black Students More Likely to Get Expelled

Even more troubling when compared to the total Black student population.

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Jim Spyropoulos. Via Twitter.

“Unless we start by addressing power and privilege and the bias that each one of us brings to our spaces each and every day, then I don’t know we are ever going to be able to confront the problem.”

— Jim Spyropoulos, a TDSB executive superintendent who oversees school programs for students who have been expelled, speaking to the CBC about a new report stating that 307 students were expelled from Toronto public schools between 2011–12 and 2015–16. Of those, 48 per cent self-identified as Black, compared to 10 per cent who are white. That’s even more shocking when considering that, as of 2013, just 12 per cent of the student population [PDF] in Toronto were Black.

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