Administrative review to begin in Ottawa Catholic School Board



    McGuinty Government Appoints Dave Cooke to Examine Process

    OTTAWA, Sept. 16 /CNW/ -

    NEWS

    Dave Cooke has been appointed as independent facilitator to examine the
accommodation review process in the Ottawa Catholic School Board
(http://www.occdsb.on.ca).
    Cooke, a former Ontario Education Minister, will consult with local
accommodation review committees, the school board and people who participated
in the process. An administrative review's mandate is to determine if the
board followed its locally developed accommodation review process.
    The Ministry of Education approved requests for administrative review of
the board's accommodation review process related to St. Thomas Elementary
School in Ottawa. Cooke will begin work in November and upon completion of his
review, will provide Education Minister Kathleen Wynne
(http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/general/biography/edu_minister.html) with a
final report. Wynne will release the report's findings to the school board and
the public.
    Decisions about student accommodations - including school closures - are
the responsibility of locally elected school boards. Boards were required to
develop accommodation review processes that comply with the government's Pupil
Accommodation Review Guidelines
(http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/policyfunding/reviewGuide.html) which emphasize
consultation, transparency and local accountability. Administrative reviews
help communities and boards fulfill those core principles.

    
    QUICK FACTS

    -   The ministry's Pupil Accommodation Review Guidelines
        (http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/policyfunding/reviewGuide.html) mandate
        minimum timelines for consultation and an evaluation process based on
        the value of a school to its students and the community.
    -   The guidelines help direct boards during pupil accommodation reviews,
        which are required in most circumstances when a school closure is
        considered.
    -   The ministry has no authority to over-turn school closure decisions
        or delay their implementation.
    -   Dave Cooke has performed other independent reviews of school closure
        processes, providing valuable feedback to school boards, communities
        and the ministry.

    LEARN MORE

    Learn more about the Pupil Accommodation Review Guidelines and the review
process (http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/policyfunding/reviewGuide.html).

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