LEVY: TDSB trustees vote to support legal fight against downsizing city council

Trustees on the Toronto District School Board spent eight minutes at a meeting Thursday night approving new ward boundaries to align with a city council that will be right-sized once Bill 5 passes at Queen’s Park.

Actually the new boundaries — one option contained in a 52-page report apparently rushed together by board bureaucrats under tremendous “duress” (or so said trustee Shelley Laskin) — was just one of five motions approved in those eight minutes, the most controversial being the board’s official opposition to the bill itself and support of the city’s possible legal action.

Shelley Laskin watches the poll results during the election night party at the Liberal campaign party at York Mills Gallery in Toronto on Thursday, June 7, 2018. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/ Tijana Martin)

No surprises there.

Like their NDP pals at City Hall, the posse of Social Justice Warriors (SJWs) on the board have their knickers in a knot over the changes coming in the middle of an election with no “opportunity for consultation, transparency and accountability.”

Not that council’s right-sizing has anything to do with what’s happening in Toronto schools.

Hmmm. And when it comes to accountability, I think the trustees have very short memories. Let’s consider the board’s move to axe School Resource Officers arbitrarily last fall, contrary to the positive feedback from their very own survey and many teachers and students.

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I won’t even explore in detail the lack of accountability shown by a board of trustees and an education director who have turned a blind eye to the tremendous problems in some of their elementary and high schools as a result of their “progressive discipline” (i.e., no discipline) policies.

According to two teachers I interviewed last month, physical and verbal assaults are rampant and teachers have been forced to take stress leave in droves because many principals and other overpaid board bureaucrats don’t have their backs.

I suspect the current cast of characters on the TDSB would sooner put pins in their eyes than discuss/admit that many of their schools are out-of-control and rife with violence.

But I digress.

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A subsequent motion to support the city if it pursues legal action was also endorsed by most of the trustees, including Jennifer Arp, Ausma Malik and Ken Lister — all of whom have signed up to run for a 47-member council.

Hmmm. Nothing self-serving about that.

Missing in action were Chris Moise and Tiffany Ford, two of the five trying to trade up to one of council’s current 47 seats. Moise is Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam’s sycophant, but I am willing to bet Wong-Tam will dump Moise like a hot potato if council is right-sized.

This is war, man.

Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam speaks at Pride funding debate at City Hall in Toronto Monday May 8, 2017. (Craig Robertson/Toronto Sun/Postmedia Network )

In any event, the fact is trustees — other than realigning their wards — don’t need to be involved in anything when it comes to the council right-sizing exercise.

I mean, it’s not as if they’ve solved all the problems in their schools (see note about violence above). But they can’t help themselves.

Many see the school board as a launching pad for a career in politics. Just ask former premier Kathleen Wynne about that.

But they wouldn’t be the good mostly NDP SJWs they are if they weren’t fighting for democracy, oops, I mean fighting for NDP control and power at the municipal level of government.

That’s why I’m particularly glad this is being pushed through before the Oct. 22 election.

I can’t imagine listening to these self-serving fools moan and plot for the next four years.

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