Kawartha Pine Ridge District School Board announces first-ever student census while ignoring equity issues

by Debbie L. Kasman in


In 2008, Kawartha Pine Ridge District School Board (KPR) Trustee Gordon Gilchrist wrote a letter to the editor that many deemed to be racist. The Board of Trustees censured Trustee Gilchrist and removed him from a board committee, but they allowed him to continue to be involved in the hiring panel for dozens of superintendents and directors. Should a school board that has grossly mismanaged an equity situation be entrusted with sensitive equity information?

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Counterpoint: Ontario experience provides ample rationale for axing school boards in Nova Scotia

by Debbie L. Kasman in


With all due respect to former Education Minister Marilyn More who wrote, “The Glaze report does not offer evidence to justify the extreme leap to disbanding elected school boards,” (Opinion: Canning school boards will have unintended consequences), there is more than enough evidence to justify the move. One need only look as far as Ontario to see why the recommendation is spot on.

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