Peel board takes immediate action on Ministry of Education Review directives
After consultations with students, staff, families, trustees and community members, today, the Ministry of Education released its final report on the Peel District School Board's review. A joint statement from the Chair of the Board Brad MacDonald and Director of Education Peter Joshua can be found here.
The review, which was announced by Minister of Education Stephen Lecce on Nov. 7, 2019, was led by Patrick Case, Assistant Deputy Minister of the Ministry's Educational Equity Secretariat. It was conducted by three independent reviewers: Ena Chadha, Suzanne Herbert and Shawn Richard.
The mandate of the reviewers, under the authority of the Education Act, was to provide observations and recommendations to the Minister of Education and the Peel board related to the performance of the board, including, but not limited to issues of:
The reviewers' report addresses each of the areas and provides the Peel board with a number of directives. Trustees and senior leadership are reviewing the report, and will be taking immediate action on the directives.
- systemic discrimination, specifically anti-Black racism
- human resources practices
- board governance
It is clear to all Trustees that the consultation surfaced serious and deeply concerning accounts of traumatic experiences, especially for members of Peel's Black community and other racialized communities. These speak to systemic and historical barriers related to access to pathways and programming, academic achievement, transitions to post-secondary education and the workforce, hiring and promotion, community engagement, as well as disciplinary measures both in education and employment.
The report highlights a lack of confidence in the Board of Trustees and senior leadership, particularly with respect to racism and equity. To restore confidence, the board commits to taking immediate action on all of the directives in each of the four sections included in the report: governance and leadership, equity and human rights, anti-Black racism, and human resources and organizational alignment.
To view the report and directives, click here. The Peel board's progress on the directives will be shared regularly with the community and will be posted on the board's website.