PINK SLIPS AT THE TORONTO DISTRICT SCHOOL BOARD

Mar 07, 2013

By Scott Walker

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The Toronto District School Board voted late last night to eliminate 248 high school teaching positions in order to save money.

Some guidance counsellors, librarians, school secretaries and vice principals will also be laid off

The board says declining enrollment makes the positions unnecessary.

The pink slips will cut the board’s $55-million deficit in half. But some trustees don’t agree with them. Howard Kaplan says the board should be pressuring the province to increase funding, because it is not providing enough financial support to pay for the things the board is legally obligated to provide.

But TDSB Chair Chris Bolton says there will be no more money from the province, and the Board has to adapt to the current fiscal reality.

The board also announced it will hire 63 elementary teachers and 338 early childhood educators to staff all-day kindergarten.

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