Board mulling a black-focused alternative school
Admitting it is failing some students of colour, the Toronto public board could open a black-focused school as early as next fall.
Two community meetings are planned in the next week to discuss the idea of an "African-centred alternative school" from junior kindergarten to Grade 8 that would have more black teachers, black mentors, more focus on students’ heritage and more parent involvement.
A staff report is expected later this month with details on how the concept would work. If trustees approve such a school, it would be a first for Ontario and possibly Canada, although some have opened in the United States.
"Whatever is being used in the system at this moment is failing a lot of students — and, more specifically, a lot of black students," said Donna Harrow, a community worker.