Councillor Josh Matlow

National Post: Africentric Oakwood put on hold


With a rebellion turning into a revolt in its west end, the Toronto District School Board on Wednesday night slunk away from the idea of creating an Africentric “school within a school,” at Oakwood Collegiate Institute, a proud, historic high school at Oakwood and St. Clair avenues. Chris Spence, the TDSB Director of Education, withdrew the idea at a committee meeting of the TDSB. He has acknowledged that the board did a lousy job of finessing the idea, which essentially arrived as a fait accompli, with plans to open the high school in the fall.

Josh Matlow, the former TDSB trustee and now City councillor, was unsurprised that the issue had blown up in the board’s face. “The TDSB could walk in a field with only one land mine and they’d step on it,” he said. “It’s amazing.” Mr. Spence told reporters that the TDSB will no open an Africentric high school this fall, but would not nix the idea of one at Oakwood, which has about 700 students. The debate continues.

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