OPSBA President Michael Barrett responded on Friday, Nov. 21, to a column in the Toronto Star on the role of school board trustees:
"In a world wherein democracy is constantly under threat, it is disappointing that Edward Keenan would be an advocate of a further erosion of a community's ability to have influence within local government by advocating for the disbanding of the role of school trustees.
The Ontario Public School Boards' Association has responded to the proposed Bill 10, Child Care Modernization Act, 2014, which primarily focuses on improving the oversight of the child care sector but also includes changes to other acts, including amendments to the Education Act.
OPSBA's Public Education Symposium (PES) is the pre-eminent professional development event of the year for school board trustees.
Taking place at the Sheraton Centre in downtown Toronto from January 29 to 31, 2015, PES 2015 is specifically tailored to the needs and interests of trustees as the 2014-2018 term of office gets underway.
The 2014 Good Governance: A Guide for Trustees, School Boards, Directors of Education and Communities document is now available in print and is being distributed directly to school boards as a resource for trustees and boards as the 2014 to 2018 term of office gets underway.
Please note the Guide will also be available in an online browsable format by November 30, 2014 and will be accessible at www.ontarioschooltrustees.org.