Thursday, May 08, 2008

Scrap Ontario School Boards

An independent audit of school board expenses reveals massive abuse across the board. View the report here at the Toronto Star.

Trustee expenses have ballooned at the Toronto Catholic District School Board (TDSB)since 2003 and are now among the highest in the province – $100,000 per elected trustee compared with $67,000 in the Toronto public board and just $27,000 in the Dufferin-Peel Catholic board – because of the extra benefits and services trustees gave themselves, says provincial adviser Norbert Hartmann in his report Enhancing Public Trust and Confidence, released yesterday. The TDSB even broke the law by giving themselves benefits.

Boards have become irrelevant. They no longer set tax policy and most important decisions are made at the Ministry. There are too many boards with too many trustees spending too much money. Without them nothing will change, except money will be saved or allocated to the essentials of reading, writing, and arithmetic.

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