Duly Quoted: Margaret Wilson, on the "Culture of Fear" at the TDSB
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Duly Quoted: Margaret Wilson, on the “Culture of Fear” at the TDSB

Independent review identifies numerous operational and governance problems plaguing the country's largest school board.

“I’ve dealt with this level of professionals throughout my career. I’ve never interviewed people before where they’ve burst into tears, they were under such stress.”

—Consultant Margaret Wilson, speaking to reporters today about the results of her independent review of the Toronto District School Board. Wilson, the former registrar of the Ontario College of Teachers, highlighted numerous issues with the board, which has been mired in controversy in recent months: trustees, for example, have apparently been inserting themselves into hiring and promotion processes and interfering with operational decisions. The situation has become so dysfunctional, Wilson says, that many staff try to avoid using the board’s email system, for fear their communications are being monitored.

Wilson’s report makes numerous recommendations, including that salaries of the Director of Education and all applicable board staff be made consistent with the Broader Public Sector Accountability Act, that trustees be removed from the promotion process, and the trustees’ offices at 5050 Yonge be closed. Liz Sandals, the minister of education, announced today that the province has accepted the report in its entirety, and directed the board to comply with its recommendations by February 13.