Minister of Education Stephen Lecce announced the appointment of Bruce Rodrigues to supervise the Peel District School Board (PDSB).
“We expect all schools and classrooms in the province to be safe and inclusive,” Lecce said. “For far too long, this has not been the case at the Peel District School Board. From day one, I said that if the PDSB does not act swiftly and completely to counter racism and positively change the culture within our schools, then the government will act. For a generation, students have felt ignored, powerless, and disrespected.”
The appointment of a supervisor will allow the PDSB to get back on track and undertake the necessary actions to eliminate the practices and policies underpinning discrimination and inequities.
Mr. Rodrigues brings a wealth of experience to this appointment, including leading systemic change as Director of Education of the Toronto Catholic District School Board (TCDSB) and as Chief Executive Officer of the Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO).
“With the assistance of Mr. Rodrigues’ supervision, I know that the Peel District School Board will have the leadership and necessary management structure in place to ensure the learning and working environments are welcoming, inclusive, and respectful for students and staff,” Lecce added. “We know there is more to do – provincewide – which is why we will continue to work to confront racism, including anti-Black racism, in all Ontario schools across our province.”
The decision to appoint a supervisor was made following the minister’s directive to send in reviewers and an investigator, which produced two reports on widespread racism in the PDSB. The formal reviewers’ report and an investigation report outline the PDSB’s inadequate response, lack of action, and commitment to fully counter anti-Black racism, and discrimination against other minority communities and broader equity imperatives.
Photo: Bruce Rodrigues will supervise the Peel school board.