- Toronto District School Board
Toronto District School Board Board office location Toronto, Ontario, Canada Board identifier B66052 Number of schools 451 elementary schools
102 secondary schools
5 adult education schools
2007-2008 budget (CAD $ millions) $2,543.8  Number of students 188,304 elementary students
87,273 high school students
14,000 adult students
Chair of the Board Chris Bolton Director of Education Chris Spence
Toronto District School Board, also known by the acronym TDSB, is the English-language public school board for Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The minority public francophone (Conseil scolaire Viamonde), English Catholic (Toronto Catholic District School Board), and French Catholic (Conseil scolaire de district catholique Centre-Sud) communities of Toronto also have their own publicly funded school boards and schools that operate in the same area, but which are independent of the TDSB. Its headquarters are in North York.
The TDSB board was created in 1998 following the merger of the school boards of York, East York, North York, Scarborough, Etobicoke, as well as the Toronto and Metropolitan Toronto Public School Boards.
The head office moved from the old Toronto Public Board of Education office at 155 College Street to the 5050 Yonge Street location, adjacent to Mel Lastman Square. Prior to the 1998 amalgamation of Metropolitan Toronto, the building was occupied by the North York Board of Education.
There are more than 250,000 students  in nearly 600 schools within the TDSB. Of these schools, 451 offer elementary education, 102 offer secondary level education, and there are five adult day schools. The TDSB has 16 alternative elementary schools as well as 20 alternative secondary schools. TDSB has approximately 31,000 permanent and 8,000 temporary staff, which includes 10,000 elementary school teachers and 5,800 at the secondary level.
Dr. Christopher Spence, the former Director of the Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board and a former teacher in the TDSB system took office as the new Director on July 1, 2009. He was preceded by Gerry Connelly.
The school board's organizational mission is "to enable all students to reach high levels of achievement and to acquire the knowledge, skills, and values they need to become responsible members of a democratic society."
Parent and Community involvement occurs at all levels of the school board system, from parental involvement at local schools, the involvement of local organizations at the school level and formal advisory committees at the Board level.
There has also been an effort to include more student involvement in the Toronto District School Board. The "Super Council" is an organization which acts as a student council for the entire board. There has also been an attempt to place student input in the TDSB's Equity Department through the second, and last, board-wide student group: Students Working Against Great Injustice. Both groups have put together various events and have had much success in giving input towards the decisions of the Board.
Ward Trustee Ward Name Ward 1 John Hastings Etobicoke North Ward 2 Chris Glover Etobicoke Centre Ward 3 Pamela Gough Etobicoke—Lakeshore Ward 4 Stephnie Payne York West Ward 5 Howard Kaplan York Centre Ward 6 Chris Tonks York South—Weston Ward 7 Irene Atkinson Parkdale—High Park Ward 8 Howard Goodman Eglinton—Lawrence Ward 9 Maria Rodrigues Davenport Ward 10 Chris Bolton Trinity—Spadina Ward 11 Shelley Laskin St. Paul's Ward 12 Mari Rutka Willowdale Ward 13 Gerri Gershon Don Valley West Ward 14 Sheila Ward Toronto Centre Ward 15 Cathy Dandy Toronto—Danforth Ward 16 Sheila Cary-Meagher Beaches—East York Ward 17 Michael Coteau Don Valley East Ward 18 Elizabeth Moyer Scarborough Southwest Ward 19 David Smith Scarborough Centre Ward 20 Soo Wong Scarborough—Agincourt Ward 21 Shaun Chen Scarborough—Rouge River Ward 22 Jerry Chadwick Scarborough East Student Trustee Hirad Zafari Student Trustee Jenny Williams
Since the establishment of the Toronto District School Board in 1998, the Ontario College of Teachers had publicly released detailed information about disciplinary cases with incidences dating back to the 1960s. The Discipline Committee held public hearing into allegations of professional misconduct and incompetence against twenty-one Toronto District School Board Teachers up until 2006. Many of the cases involved physical, sexual and psychological abuse against students. All twenty-one Teachers had their Certificates of Qualification and Registration revoked. Some of the cases involved criminal charges, with jails terms against teachers in addition to the disciplinary action from the teachers college.  
On November 14, 2005, the Ontario Human Rights Commission reached a settlement with the Toronto District School Board following a Commission-initiated complaint against the Board in July 2005. On July 7, 2005 the Ontario Human Rights Commission initiated a complaint against the Toronto District School Board in the public interest and on behalf of racialized students and students with disabilities alleging that the application of the Safe Schools Act and the Toronto District School Board’s policies on discipline are having a disproportionate impact on racial minority students and students with disabilities. The complaint alleges that the TDSB had failed to meet its duty to accommodate racialized students and students with disabilities in the application of discipline, including providing adequate alternative education services for racial minority students and students with disabilities who are suspended or expelled and that the above amounts to a failure on the part of the TDSB to provide equal access to education services and that this constitutes discrimination and contravenes sections 1, 11 and 9 of the Ontario Human Rights Code. The TDSB accepts and acknowledges a widespread perception that the application of Ontario’s school disciplinary legislation, regulations and policies can have a discriminatory effect on students from racialized communities and students with disabilities and further exacerbate their already disadvantaged position in society.
In 2005, controversy erupted when the TDSB's Board Chair Sheila Ward and Executive Officer of Student and Community Equity, Lloyd McKell, spoke in favour of “Black-focused schools”. The proposal brought about a media backlash, as many interpreted this as a "Black-only" school. After long and sometimes raucous debate, the proposal for an Afrocentric school was adopted and registration began. Similar controversy had taken place in the North York Board of Education in the 1980s when the board attempted to turn Georges Vanier Secondary School into a black-only school. 
School board issues
In 2002, the Government of Ontario stripped all power and authority from the school board trustees because they failed to balance the board's budget. Paul Christie was appointed by the province to serve as supervisor of the Toronto District School Board, with authority for all financial and administrative functions of the Board. This allowed Christie to supersede the authority of elected school trustees. The provincial government argued that the appointment was necessary, as the TDSB had not submitted a budget to the Ontario Minister of Education as legally required. Representatives of the TDSB claimed that they could not find the necessary operating expenses for the year, given provincial regulations which prohibited deficit spending. Christie balanced the TDSB's budget through a dramatic spending reduction of $90 million. Under his watch, the TDSB eliminated many secretarial positions, phased out school-community advisors, reduced the number of vice-principals, cut outdoor education and adult education, and re-evaluated the position of social workers in the system. Christie's staff reports were not made public, and some critics argued that there were no adequate checks or balances on his authority. In 2007, again due to alleged mismanagement by the trustees, the board will try to submit a budget with a deficit of $84 million. 
In December 2001, a $70 million class-action lawsuit was filed against the Toronto District School Board on behalf of the parents of special needs students who were sent home during the boards support workers strike in April 2001. The suit claimed that 27,000 special needs students were discriminated against on the basis of their disabilities because they were sent home during the month long strike while the schools stayed open for their able-bodied counterparts. The claims were based on the fact that they weren’t permitted to go to school and missed a month of school while everyone else was able to go. The suit also claimed that the Toronto District School Board should stop treating special needs students as lesser students. The four-week strike, led by 13,000 support workers ended in early May 2001.
In 2001, Toronto School Board Trustee Sam Basra was convicted of Immigration Act charges and was forced under the Education Act to resign his seat. He pleaded guilty in August 2001 to selling fake offers of employment to potential immigrants for US$1,500.00 each. This came to light after being tipped by a former employee, police raided Basra's paralegal firm and found 250 false letters of employment. In March 2001 Arjan Singh launched a $15 million lawsuit against Basra alleging that while doing paralegal work, Basra forged documents to make him think his rights case was active more than a year after it was closed. After much infighting among the trustees and display of lack of leadership from then Chair of the Board Donna Cansfield to make an appointment to fill the vacant trustee seat left by Basra, a by-election was called for April 2002 costing the board $160,000.00. Stan Nemiroff defeated former Mayor of Etobicoke Bruce Sinclair in the by-election to become the new Ward 1 trustee representing Etobicoke North.
Name Location Dates Students Notes Image ALPHA II Alternative School Bloor and Dufferin Alternative school A. Y. Jackson Secondary School Hillcrest Village Founded 1970 1214 Agincourt Collegiate Institute Agincourt Founded 1915 1356 Albert Campbell Collegiate Institute Brimwood Founded 1976 2600 Alternative Scarborough Education 1 Bendale 139 Alternative school Avondale Elementary & Secondary Alternative Willowdale 82 Alternative school Bathurst Heights Secondary School Bathurst Heights Closed, today John Polanyi Collegiate Insititute Bendale Business & Technical Institute Bendale 572 To be merged with David and Mary Thomson Collegiate Institute Birchmount Park Collegiate Institute Birch Cliff 1335 Bloor Collegiate Institute Dufferin Grove Founded 1925 522 C. W. Jefferys Collegiate Institute Northwood Park 834 Cedarbrae Collegiate Institute Cedarbrae Founded 1961 1267 Central Commerce Collegiate Palmerston-Little Italy Founded 1916 667 Central Etobicoke High School Richview 304 Alternative school Central Technical School Bathurst and Harbord Founded 1915 1785 City School Harbourfront Founded 1979 96 Alternative school Contact Alternative School University and Dundas 225 Alternative school Danforth Collegiate and Technical Institute The Danforth Founded 1923 1092 David and Mary Thomson Collegiate Institute Bendale Founded 1958 1180 Delphi Secondary Alternative School Agincourt 133 Alternative school Don Mills Collegiate Institute Don Mills Founded 1959 1025 Downsview Secondary School Downsview Founded 1955 578 Dr Norman Bethune Collegiate Institute Agincourt Founded 1979 1284 Drewry Secondary School Newtonbrook 145 Special needs school Earl Haig Secondary School Willowdale Founded 1929 2026 East York Alternative Secondary School Old East York 110 Alternative school East York Collegiate Institute Old East York Founded 1927 1650 Eastdale Collegiate Institute Riverdale 219 Eastern Commerce Collegiate Institute The Danforth Founded 1925 574 Also home to Subway Academy I Emery Collegiate Institute Emery 901 Etobicoke Collegiate Institute Etobicoke Founded 1928 1311 Etobicoke School of the Arts The Queensway Founded 1981 866 Arts school Etobicoke Year-Round Alternative Centre Eatonville 49 Alternative school Forest Hill Collegiate Institute Forest Hill Founded 1946 885 Frank Oke Secondary School Mount Dennis 169 Special needs school George Harvey Collegiate Institute Keelesdale 792 George S. Henry Academy Graydon Hall 822 Georges Vanier Secondary School Don Valley Village 793 Greenwood Secondary School East Danforth Founded 1965 226 English as a second language school Harbord Collegiate Institute Harbord Village Founded 1892 976 Heydon Park Secondary School Baldwin Village Founded 1962 178 All girls school Humberside Collegiate Institute High Park North Founded 1892 1040 Inglenook Community High School Corktown 99 Alternative school Jarvis Collegiate Institute Jarvis and Wellesley Founded 1807 1099 First public secondary school in Toronto John Polanyi Collegiate Insititute Bathurst Heights 2011 Specialized in apprenticeship programs Keiller Mackay Collegiate Institute Etobicoke 1971–1981 Closed Kipling Collegiate Institute Richview Founded 1960 689 L'Amoreaux Collegiate Institute L'Amoreaux Founded 1973 917 Lakeshore Collegiate Institute New Toronto 887 Lawrence Park Collegiate Institute Lawrence Park Founded 1936 943 Leaside High School Leaside Founded 1945 965 Lester B. Pearson Collegiate Institute Malvern 1132 Malvern Collegiate Institute Upper Beaches Founded 1903 996 Maplewood High School West Hill 265 Special needs school Marc Garneau Collegiate Institute (formerly Overlea Collegiate) Flemingdon Park Founded 1973 1823 Martingrove Collegiate Institute Etobicoke Founded 1966 1161 Midland Avenue Collegiate Institute Scarborough Junction 1961–2000 Closed Monarch Park Collegiate East Danforth Founded 1964 784 Nelson A. Boylen Collegiate Institute Downsview 370 Newtonbrook Secondary School Newtonbrook Founded 1964 1247 North Albion Collegiate Institute Rexdale, Toronto Founded 1962 1098 North East Year-Round Alternative Centre Don Valley Village 23 Alternative school North Toronto Collegiate Institute North Toronto Founded 1910 952 Northern Secondary School North Toronto Founded 1930 1733 Northview Heights Secondary School Branson Founded 1957 1190 Oakwood Collegiate Institute Oakwood Founded 1908 793 Oasis Alternative Secondary School King and Spadina 111 Alternative school Overflow Centre Bendale 83 Parkdale Collegiate Institute Parkdale, Toronto Founded 1888 635 IB World R. H. King Academy Cliffcrest Founded 1922 1234 Richview Collegiate Institute Richview Founded 1958 912 Riverdale Collegiate Institute Riverdale Founded 1907 1200 Rosedale Heights School of the Arts Rosedale Building formerly Castle Frank High School 957 Arts school Runnymede Collegiate Institute Runnymede Founded 1927 555 Satec at W.A.Porter Collegiate Clairlea 1143 Technology focused school SEED School Riverdale Founded 1968 50 Alternative school Scarborough Centre for Alternative Studies Markham and 401 185 Scarlett Heights Entrepreneurial Academy Richview, Toronto 534 Entrepreneurship based School of Experiential Education Etobicoke Founded 1971 71 Alternative school School of Life Experience East Danforth 171 Alternative school Silverthorn Collegiate Institute Etobicoke Founded 1966 1171 Sir John A. Macdonald Collegiate Institute Agincourt Founded 1963 1329 Sir Oliver Mowat Collegiate Institute West Hill Founded 1970 1128 Sir Robert L. Borden Business and Technical Institute West Hill 689 Sir Sandford Fleming Academy Lawrence Manor 379 Closing June 2011 and replaced by John Polanyi Collegiate Institute in September 2011 Sir Wilfrid Laurier Collegiate Institute Guildwood Founded 1965 1350 Sir William Osler High School Agincourt 303 Technical school South-East Year-Round Alternative Centre Scarborough Junction 53 Alternative school Stephen Leacock Collegiate Institute Tam O'Shanter 887 Subway Academy I The Pocket 178 Alternative school Subway Academy II Baldwin Village Founded 1976 73 Alternative school The Student School High Park North Founded 1979 139 Alternative school Thistletown Collegiate Institute Rexdale Founded 1957 729 Timothy Eaton Business and Technical Institute L'Amoreaux Closed 2009 357 Closed at end of 2009 school year Ursula Franklin Academy High Park North Founded 1995 512 Special teaching program Vaughan Road Academy Oakwood-Vaughan Founded 1927 706 I.B. World School, INTERACT Program Victoria Park Collegiate Institute Parkwoods, Toronto Founded 1960 1341 I. B. World School Vincent Massey Collegiate Institute Etobicoke 1961–1985 Closed, today Michael Power-St. Joseph High School West End Alternative School Korea Town 137 Alternative school West Hill Collegiate Institute West Hill Founded 1955 1190 West Humber Collegiate Institute Smithfield Founded 1966 980 West Toronto Collegiate Dufferin Grove Founded 1972 376 Closed Western Technical-Commercial School High Park North Founded 1927 991 Also home to Ursula Franklin Academy and The Student School Weston Collegiate Institute Weston Founded 1857 1234 I.B. World School Westview Centennial Secondary School Jane and Finch Founded 1967 1176 Wexford Collegiate School for the Arts Wexford Founded 1965 1139 Arts school William Lyon Mackenzie Collegiate Institute Bathurst Manor Founded 1960 1110 MaCS Program (Science, Math, Computers & English enriched program) / Gifted Program Winston Churchill Collegiate Institute Dorset Park Founded 1953 1021 Woburn Collegiate Institute Woburn Founded 1963 1408 Year Round Alternative School Lawrence Heights 44 York Humber High School Weston 189 Special needs school York Memorial Collegiate Institute Keelesdale Founded 1929 1121 York Mills Collegiate Institute York Mills Founded 1957 1187
Garages and offices
- 5050 Yonge Street TDSB Education Centre (Former North York Board of Education Office)
- 140 Borough Drive TDSB Education Centre (Former Scarborough Board of Education Office)
- 1 Civic Center TDSB Education Centre (Former Etobicoke Board of Education Office)
- 555 Mortimer Avenue (R.H. McGregor P.S.) TDSB Education Center (Former East York Board of Education Office)
- 2 Trethewey Drive (York Memorial C.I.) TDSB Education Office (Former York Board of Education Office)
- Shorting Road TDSB East Maintenance, Garage, and Storage Center
- McCulloch Avenue TDSB West Maintenance, Garage, and Storage Center
- Tippett Road TDSB West Warehouse
- Eastern Avenue TDSB East Warehouse
- Oakburn Cresent TDSB Oakburn Centre and Garage
- Toronto Catholic District School Board, the English-language Catholic school board that also operates in Toronto
- Conseil scolaire Viamonde, the French-language school board that also operates in Toronto
- Conseil scolaire de district catholique Centre-Sud, the French-language Catholic school board in Toronto
- Middle schools in Toronto (also includes Toronto-area schools that are not part of the TDSB)
- Elementary schools in Toronto (also includes Toronto-area schools that are not part of the TDSB)
- Schools in the TDSB
- ^ "Facts and Figures". Toronto District School Board. http://www.tdsb.on.ca/_site/ViewItem.asp?siteid=302&menuid=3654&pageid=3049. Retrieved 2006-06-08.
- ^ a b Connelly, Gerry (2006). "The 2004-05 Financial Results" (PDF). Director's Annual Report,2004-05. http://www.tdsb.on.ca/wwwdocuments/about_us/director/docs/TDSBAnnReport0405Rev.pdf. Retrieved 2006-06-08.
- ^ "Director". Toronto District School Board. http://www.tdsb.on.ca/_site/ViewItem.asp?siteid=163&menuid=613&pageid=482. Retrieved 2006-06-08.
- ^ "5050_2.gif." (Archive) Toronto District School Board. Retrieved on March 12, 2011.
- ^ Connelly, Gerry (2006). "A Message from the Director" (PDF). Director's Annual Report,2004-05. http://www.tdsb.on.ca/wwwdocuments/about_us/director/docs/TDSBAnnReport0405Rev.pdf. Retrieved 2006-06-08.
- ^ http://www.tdsb.on.ca/aboutUs/
- ^ TDSB Announces New Director of Education
- ^ Our Mission Statement
- ^ Working Together for our Students' Success
- ^ TDSB Student SuperCouncil
- ^ http://tdsb.on.ca/_site/ViewItem.asp?siteid=10274&menuid=15686&pageid=13877
- ^ http://www.tdsb.on.ca/wwwdocuments/programs/Equity_in_Education/docs/Equitable%20Schools%20Newsletter%20Jan-Feb%202009.pdf
- ^ "Trustees". Toronto District School Board. http://www.tdsb.on.ca/boardroom/trustees/index.asp. Retrieved 2006-06-08.
- ^ Toronto board considering school for black youth - CTV News
- ^ James, Royson (2007-11-18). "Black schools in focus". The Star (Toronto). http://www.thestar.com/comment/columnists/article/277427. Retrieved 2010-05-25.
- ^ CTV Toronto - Africentric school starts to gear up - CTV News
- ^ Trish Worron, "Education democracy an illusion", Toronto Star, 12 July 2003, F6.
- ^ Nicholas Keung and Kristin Rushowy, "Toronto School Board sued for bias", Toronto Star, 8 December 2001, E3.
- ^ "Public board to merge Bendale and Thomson high schools" The Scarborough Mirror. Scarborough, Ont.: Feb 5, 2009. pg. 1
- ^ "Timothy Eaton school closure angers parents." The Scarborough Mirror. Scarborough, Ont.: Apr 21, 2009. pg. 1
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