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Volume 50 - June 9, 2022
TDSB Approves Policy to Improve Access to Specialized Schools and Programs
Toronto District School Board Trustees approved the Student Interest Programs Policy at their Regular Board Meeting in May, which will improve access to the TDSB’s nearly 40 specialized schools and programs.
The policy will improve access by reducing systemic barriers - such as geographic, socio-economic and race – that were identified by members of the TDSB community during an extensive consultation process. Updates to the Student Interest Programs Policy include:
  • Using an interest-based application over an assessment of ability through auditions, formal portfolios, entrance exams or report cards.
  • Using a random selection process where interest exceeds available space.
  • Creating a unified and consistent application to streamline the process and promote fairness.
For more information, please read the news release.
TDSB Chair Calls on Parties to Better Support Toronto Schools
Prior to the provincial election, Chair of the Toronto District School Board, Alexander Brown, called on all provincial parties to commit to supporting Toronto schools with adequate and stable funding that fully supports all pandemic costs and the implementation of the TDSB’s Pandemic Recovery Plan.
The TDSB is currently projecting a deficit of $52.2M for the 2022-23 school year, primarily due to pandemic costs and declining enrolment. Should additional funding not be provided to address the impacts of the pandemic, savings will need to be found and cuts will need to be made. Trustees and staff do not want to make these reductions, especially now when the students of Toronto need stability and support after more than two years of disruption.
For more information, including a video of the Chair’s remarks and background information, please read the news release
Letter: Student Trustee Governance
On behalf of the Toronto District School Board, Chair Alexander Brown issued a letter to Minister of Education Stephen Lecce to request amendments to the Education Act to better support student trustee governance
New Funding Provides New Learning Spaces at Poplar Road JPS & Elizabeth Simcoe JPS
The Ministry of Education, together with the Toronto District School Board, has announced $16 million for the replacement of Poplar Road Junior Public School in Guildwood. This announcement also included $2.5 million in funding for the expansion of nearby Elizabeth Simcoe Junior Public School.
tdsbCARES Ukraine Humanitarian Crisis Appeal
As the war in Ukraine continues and the resulting humanitarian crisis worsens each day, the TDSB has launched the tdsbCARES Ukraine Humanitarian Crisis Appeal to support the Canadian Red Cross and UNICEF in their ongoing efforts to provide life-saving humanitarian assistance to those impacted. This initiative will run until June 30, 2022.
For more information, including how to donate, please visit the webpage for tdsbCARES Ukraine Humanitarian Crisis Appeal.
Heritage and History Months 
The Toronto District School Board is proud to celebrate the following heritage and history months during April, May and June:
    Upcoming Meetings
    The next Regular Board Meeting is on Wednesday, June 29, 2022. For a list of upcoming meetings, please click on the calendar on the main webpage of

    TDSB Trustees

    Harpreet Gill
    Ward 1 - Etobicoke North

    Dan MacLean
    Ward 2 - Etobicoke Centre

    Patrick Nunziata
    Ward 3 - Etobicoke-Lakeshore

    Christopher Mammoliti
    Ward 4 - Humber River-Black Creek

    Alexandra Lulka

    Ward 5 - York Centre

    Chris Tonks
    Ward 6 - York South-Weston

    Robin Pilkey
    Ward 7 - Parkdale-High Park

    Shelley Laskin
    Ward 8 - Eglinton-Lawrence and Toronto-St. Paul's

    Stephanie Donaldson
    Ward 9 - Davenport and Spadina-Fort York

    Chris Moise
    Ward 10 - University-Rosedale and Toronto Centre

    Rachel Chernos Lin
    Ward 11 - Don Valley West

    Alexander Brown
    Ward 12 - Willowdale

    James Li
    Ward 13 - Don Valley North

    Trixie Doyle
    Ward 14 - Don Valley East

    Jennifer Story
    Ward 15 - Toronto-Danforth

    Michelle Aarts
    Ward 16 - Beaches-East York

    David Smith
    Ward 17 - Scarborough Centre

    Parthi Kandavel
    Ward 18 - Scarborough Southwest

    Zakir Patel
    Ward 19 - Scarborough-Guildwood

    Manna Wong
    Ward 20 - Scarborough-Agincourt

    Yalini Rajakulasingam
    Ward 21 - Scarborough North

    Anu Sriskandarajah
    Ward 22 - Scarborough-Rouge Park

    Evan Woo
    Student Trustee

    Jyoti Dadhich
    Student Trustee

    Isaiah Shafqat
    Indigenous Student Trustee

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