Parent rep cries ‘fascism’
By Joel Ceausu
The debate over the EMSB parents survey controversy shows little sign of abating, with allegations of fascism and smear campaigns levelled while the principal players faced off at a meeting in the East End last week, and the survey goes live online.
Designed to gauge parent opinion on several matters, the short survey has been prevented from distribution using EMSB channels, as council consults employee groups and its advisory committee on special education services.
The Central Parents Committee has every right to survey parents, conceded EMSB chair Angela Mancini, but its gambit to garner board support through a resolution in April requesting board assistance has subjected the process to a consultation.
Mancini confirmed, as did vice chair Sylvia Lo Bianco in The Suburban’s earlier reports, that the survey could be distributed outside school not using EMSB resources.
The distinction may have been lost on some, according to a delegate from west-end Elizabeth Ballantyne School who said a principal didn’t even allow discussion of the issue at a governing board meeting.
Delegate George Varelas expressed dismay at the response at “our flagship school,” Gardenview in St. Laurent, where teachers allegedly characterized the survey as something conceived “by a bunch of parents sitting around a bar…”
For Mancini it’s clear: “You (CPC) do not need to come to council but you did deposit it at the April meeting, so we have to consult our employees. We cannot put ourselves at risk, and we’ve started a process to make sure the directive is followed: a process we’ve followed for umpteen years.”
She said once the consult is completed (by May 27), the board will allow distribution using board resources, and condemned “a smear campaign” by the CPC to paint her as acting against parents.
The survey is now live at www.facebook.com/EMSBParents.
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