Trustees argue over collecting race statistics
Motion introduced after staff report showed 11,000 students falling behind
By CAROLINE ALPHONSO
EDUCATION REPORTER; With a report from Margaret Philp
UPDATED AT 3:58 PM EST Thursday, Nov 18, 2004
Toronto’s public school trustees argued late into the night about a controversial proposal to collect race-based statistics to determine whether student achievement and ethnicity are linked.
The motion came forward after a staff report in October showed about 11,000 students in Grades 7 to 9 were falling behind in reading, writing and math, and were at risk of not completing high school. The Toronto District School Board approved a variety of tutoring and mentoring programs at that time.