Minister Takes Immediate Action to Confront Racism and Ensure Schools are Safe and Inclusive

Written by Ragini Joshi

Published on : June 22, 2020 5:17

Supervisor Appointed to Peel District School Board
TORONTO — Today, Minister of Education, Stephen Lecce issued the following statement on the appointment of Bruce Rodrigues to supervise the Peel District School Board (PDSB):

“We expect all schools and classrooms in the province to be safe and inclusive. For far too long, this has not been the case at the Peel District School Board. From day one, I said that if the PDSB does not act swiftly and completely to counter racism and positively change the culture within our schools, then the government will act. For a generation, students have felt ignored, powerless, and disrespected.

This ends starting today.

The appointment of a Supervisor will allow the PDSB to get back on track and undertake the necessary actions to eliminate the practices and policies underpinning discrimination and inequities.

Mr. Rodrigues brings a wealth of experience to this appointment, including leading systemic change as Director of Education of the Toronto Catholic District School Board (TCDSB) and as Chief Executive Officer of the Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO). Mr. Rodrigues has an outstanding track record in Ontario’s publicly funded education system with commitment and passion to drive change, confront discrimination, and advance equity, inclusion and opportunity for all students. He has put students of all abilities at the heart of his work and public service.

With the assistance of Mr. Rodrigues’ supervision, I know that the Peel District School Board will have the leadership and necessary management structure in place to ensure the learning and working environments are welcoming, inclusive, and respectful for students and staff. We know there is more to do – provincewide – which is why we will continue to work to confront racism, including anti-Black racism, in all Ontario schools across our province.