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TDSB taking $42M hit due to no-show students

Last Updated Oct 26, 2020 at 4:56 pm EDT

The Toronto District School Board building is seen in a photo posted on June 23, 2017. HANDOUT/Twitter

Thousands of Toronto District School Board students are unaccounted for and the board’s budget is taking a hit.

School boards are funded per pupil, and the TDSB finance committee was told last week that it’ll be about $42-million short in provincial funding this school year.

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TDSB Chair Alexander Brown tells the CBC about 5,500 students who had been expected back this fall are unaccounted for — this includes about 800 high school students and about 4,700 elementary kids.

The board has appealed to the province to allow it to keep the $42 million per-pupil as it works to track down the parents of the no-shows.

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