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Raises given despite wage freeze: Audit

A provincial audit at the TDSB has turned up some interesting findings...

A Provincial audit of the Toronto District School Board has turned up some interesting findings.

The audit was authorized by Education Minister Liz Sandals in the summer, after concerns were raised by new director Donna Quan.

What it found was 1.29 million dollars was paid to senior staff and superintendents for wage increases, despite the fact that there was a wage freeze in place.

Between March of 2010 and August of this year, the increases were supported by changes in job titles.

The 54 page report found more than 3 million dollars in education program funding, was misused, with the board not following proper Ministry guidelines.

And it also found that on 'numerous occasions', payments to charities and not for profit organizations ended up in the hands of trustees, employees and family members.

Education Minister Liz Sandals says she is willing to work with the board to address the concerns raised in the audit.

Director Donna Quan is expected to speak on the topic at 1:30 Tuesday afternoon.

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  1. Angry Bill posted on 12/10/2013 01:23 PM
    Um... you vote liberal, and expect something different?

    Once you develop a sense of entitlement, it's very hard to get rid of. The environment engendered by a liberal government will naturally lead to this sort of thing. And they get away with it, because they're allowed to hold our kids hostage and claim that "it's all for the children!!"

    The next teacher strike, I'd pull a Reagan so fast and see how they like standing in the unemployment line. There are tons of young people who have finished their teacher college and can't find work, who would kill to have the jobs the tenured teachers have and are complaining about.

    Yes, I've had good teachers.. but I've also had bad teachers. And I have been to many more schools than most of you have.. I didn't go to the same school twice until grade 8. And even in high school I went to two different ones. So I am in a good position to rate the quality of teachers in several different school districts. And like I said, there were good teachers, but I experienced more bad teachers than good ones. Thus, I don't have a lot of sympathy or patience for them.

    And because liberals tend to cater to these teachers, that is yet another reason why no liberal will ever see a vote from me.

    If she wants, Wynne can try and earn some respect from me by making some heads roll over this, and rolling back some of these raises. But I'm not holding my breath. She's good at apologizing for her party's past transgressions (and there are a lot), and promising that things will be different going forward, but I'm not really seeing a lot of that. She is not the type to get into a confrontation with the teachers. She knows she needs their votes.
    1. Townie posted on 12/10/2013 03:01 PM
      @Angry Bill You DO realize that "...senior staff and superintendents.." are NOT the rank and file teachers that actually teach our kids in the classrooms, right? The pay freeze affects the teachers that you are being so quick to demonize. The pay raises discussed in the article are being paid to the administrators at the board, not the teachers (who are the ones who actually had their pay frozen). The next time you comment on an article, try understanding what you're reading first before post, 'k? You're just looking foolish.

      And your claim of such in-depth knowledge about our schools is current, yes? When did you graduate high school? How do you know your POV is not skewed by your adolescent eyes from years ago? It is, because no one is the same person they were in school unless maturing is not your thing. You don't even know the difference between teachers in the classroom and the administrators that work at the board, and yet we're supposed to trust your opinion? Ha. Ha. HA! Get real, Angry Bill. I'd be angry too if I was as confused about what I just read in an article as you are.
  2. brad posted on 12/10/2013 01:56 PM
    This kind of crap doesn't surprise me anymore. Those with a sense of entitlement who eat from the government trough are slowly moving us towards Greece, Portugal, Italy, Iceland, Spain and soon coming to a theatre near you.....the USA!
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