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York board needs action plan on racism, Islamophobia, education minister demands
Ontario's education minister is giving the York Region school board two months to come clean on how it handled the investigation into a principal's anti-Muslim Facebook posts, how it deals with incidents of racism and ending the secrecy around trustees' travel.
In a strongly worded letter sent to all 12 York Region trustees on Tuesday, Education Minister Mitzie Hunter demanded a plan of action from them — by Jan. 13 — in light of ongoing concerns.
Hunter said she met with the chair and director earlier this month "because of escalating community concerns about transparency and accountability, particularly with respect to board spending on trustees' international travel, and with the board's responses to the community about its investigation into Islamophobic Facebook posts by a Markham principal.
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