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Director’s Leadership Report
At the last Board meeting, Director of Education Colleen Russell-Rawlins shared her monthly Leadership Report where she highlighted the Unleashing Learning conference, latest initiatives pertaining to the Critical Global Citizenship Education work across the Board, Student Equity Collective’s Speak Up: Show Us How You Combat Hate and Racism initiative, TDSB Cares Türkiye & Syria Earthquake Relief Fundraiser, and student achievements in digital innovations.
Student Census
The TDSB Student Census is an opportunity for students to share their voice and provide valuable information to help improve our schools and system. Based on opt-out and consent information, all Census surveys have been sent to students or families. JK to Grade 3 families and Grade 4 to 8 families (completing the Census at home), please check your email for For more information, please visit and read the Questions and Answers
TDSB to Develop Strategy to Address Islamophobia
On April 26, TDSB Trustees unanimously voted to develop and implement a system-wide comprehensive strategy to address Islamophobia. The creation of this new strategy will further build on the work of the broader TDSB Anti-Hate and Anti-Racism Strategy, which addresses all forms of racism, hate and discrimination. Learn more.
Multi-Year Strategic Plan (MYSP) Renewal – Have Your Say
The TDSB is renewing its Multi-Year Strategic Plan and we invite you to get involved and Have Your Say! Please complete the MYSP online survey or if you are a part of a community group or committee that is interested in contributing to the MYSP renewal, the Facilitation Guide is now available online in multiple languages and we encourage you to review the guide, record your discussions and submit input. Learn more at
Budget Survey Results
Following a Board of Trustees motion, the TDSB issued a budget survey to all parents/guardians/caregivers to gauge their opinions on the impacts of the pandemic. Completed by nearly 18,000 TDSB parents/guardians/caregivers, survey results showed that 7 in 10 believe the impacts of the pandemic are still being felt by their children, 86% believe that pandemic funding should continue, and 90% believe that the Ministry should fully or partially cover pandemic costs. Learn more about: survey results, budget process and ongoing advocacy
Urgent Meeting Request Re: Unfunded Benefit & Sick Leave Costs
Following the release of the 2023-24 Grants for Student Needs (GSN), Chair Rachel Chernos Lin wrote to the Minister of Education to request an emergency meeting regarding approximately $47.3 million in unfunded benefit and sick leave costs. These unfunded costs have a significant impact on school board finances and must be urgently addressed ahead of the June 30th deadline to approve a balanced budget. Chair Chernos Lin’s advocacy is available for your review here.
Board Meeting 
The following items were approved or received by the Board of Trustees at the Regular Board Meeting on April 26, 2023:
  • Approval of the 2021-22 School Budget and School Generated Funds and 2023-24 Proposed School Budget Allocation [4500]
  • Approval of the Planning for the Renewal of the Multi-Year Strategic Plan: Update No. 2 [4511]
  • Approval of the Selections, Transfers and Placements of Principals and Vice-principals
  • Approval of Program Area Review for several TDSB schools. Please see Summary of Decisions for more details.
  • Update on 2023-24 Grants For Student Needs Announcement: Responding to Request for Commentary on Bill 98, Better Schools and Student Outcomes Act, 2023
  • Special Incidence Portion of the Special Education Grant, the Board resolved that that the Chair write a letter to the Ministry of Education advocating for immediate review, collaboration and design of appropriate Special Incidence Portion funding levels and processes to be established

    For more information, including a full list of Board Decisions, please read the Summary of Decisions.
Upcoming Meetings
The next regular Board Meeting is on Wednesday, May 24, 2023. For a list of upcoming meetings, please click on the calendar on the main webpage of
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TDSB Trustees

Dennis Hastings
Ward 1 - Etobicoke North

Dan MacLean
Ward 2 - Etobicoke Centre

Patrick Nunziata
Ward 3 - Etobicoke-Lakeshore

Matias de Dovitiis
Ward 4 - Humber River - Black Creek

Alexandra Lulka

Ward 5 - York Centre

Liban Hassan
Ward 6 - York South-Weston

Debbie King
Ward 7 - Parkdale-High Park

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

Alexis Dawson
Ward 9 - Davenport and Spadina - Fort York

Deborah Williams
Ward 10 - University - Rosedale and Toronto Centre

Rachel Chernos Lin
Ward 11 - Don Valley West

Weidong Pei
Ward 12 - Willowdale

James Li
Ward 13 - Don Valley North

Farzana Rajwani
Ward 14 - Don Valley East

Sara Ehrhardt
Ward 15 - Toronto-Danforth

Michelle Aarts
Ward 16 - Beaches-East York

Neethan Shan
Ward 17 - Scarborough Centre

Malika Ghous
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

Jeffrey Osaro
Student Trustee

Naomi Musa
Student Trustee

Isaiah Shafqat

Student Trustee
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