In the aftermath of a bitter and often gut-wrenching debate that preceded the decision to set up a public Afrocentric school in Toronto, hopes were riding high yesterday that black students who struggle academically might finally be getting the educational boost they desperately need.

“We have one shot to make this right,” said Louis March of the African Canadian Heritage Association.

On Wednesday, Toronto’s public school board voted to open its first Afrocentric school in hopes of lowering the 40 per cent dropout rate among Toronto’s black teens.


While the school will be open to all students, the aim is to have black teachers and a curriculum that engages black kids when it takes in its first junior kindergarten to Grade 5 students in September 2009.

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