Closing under-enrolled schools in poor neighbourhoods threatens upheaval for the city's most vulnerable students.
“For some of these vulnerable kids, school is the safest place they’ll be all day and they often have an incredible sense of community, but if these kids are split up and sent to schools without that support, it could derail them.”
—John Smith, president of the Elementary Teachers of Toronto, in response to the Toronto District School Board’s approval of a 10-year capital plan that singles out 60 Toronto schools for potential closure due to plummeting enrolment. Sixty-eight per cent of the 48 elementary schools the TDSB has identified for review by 2021 are in socio-economically challenged neighbourhoods. Education Minister Liz Sandals has ordered a three-year plan for TDSB to start closing some of its 130 “underutilized” schools by the end of this week.