Forum won’t go ahead to reverse Africentric plan

A last-ditch effort to schedule an emergency school board meeting to try to reverse approval of an Africentric school for Toronto failed yesterday, but opponents say the battle is not over.



Josh Matlow, one of two trustees who voted against the school proposal, proposed the emergency meeting Monday.



But Toronto District School Board chair John Campbell, who gave trustees until 4:30 p.m. yesterday to signal their willingness to reopen the issue, said Matlow is "out there on a limb.

"No other trustee has indicated a willingness to proceed with an emergency meeting at this time."

Opponents of the plan see a report to the board due in May as another opportunity to derail the project.

"It’s still far from a done deal. We still have to hear back from the staff," said Matlow.

The report, which the board must approve to continue with the project, will detail the school’s operations, including enrolment commitments from parents.

tired from last week

  • Matlow believes his colleagues failed to respond to the request for an emergency meeting because of exhaustion in the wake of last week’s decision.