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Province to investigate racism allegations within Peel District School Board

Last Updated Nov 7, 2019 at 5:12 pm EST

Ontario Minister of Education Stephen Lecce speaks to teachers before giving remarks, in Toronto, on Thursday, August 22, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Christopher Katsarov

The province of Ontario has announced an “immediate review” of the Peel District School Board.

Education Minister Stephen Lecce says the review will look into allegations of “anti-Black racism” raised by families, students, members of the community as well as members of the board.

“Discrimination and prejudice against students is unacceptable,” said Lecce. “Schools must be safe, inclusive, and welcoming places for students, staff, and the entire community.”

In a statement, the Board says it contacted the Ministry on October 17 “requesting assistance and intervention.”

“We made a commitment to work on our governance and so we reached out to the Ministry of Education for support,” the Board said Thursday.

“We are thankful for the Ministry of Education’s support and continue to be committed to working alongside Peel District School Board staff, students, families and community members to ensure student success and well-being.”

Lecce says the review will come up with recommendations on how the board can ensure effective governance that promotes equality, increases accountability and transparency, and creates a learning environment where all students feel welcomed, included, and respected.

The minister did not specify a timeline for the completion of the review.

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