From the Steering Team: About the HWDSB meeting yesterday and the public reaction.
Yesterday HWDSB voted to create a 3-person panel to report back by May. We applaud and support this initiative. We are thrilled to see that our group was specifically identified as one of the stakeholders for the panel to speak with!
This does not preclude the Board from taking other action in the interim. We commend the Board for taking the time necessary to formulate good recommendations, even if some people feel that's too long. Knee-jerk recommendations usually don't fix a broken system.
We acknowledge that trust is low and skepticism is high about the Board's motives. We acknowledge that some people feel betrayed by the Board's inaction in the past. We do not have the moral authority to judge them. We will grant anyone the grace to learn from their past mistakes and make a change. If they're willing to work with us, then we're willing to work with them.
Let there be no misunderstanding: if it turns out that the skeptics are correct and this review panel is just a delay tactic, then we will not go away quietly! But we believe the Board is sincere.
One local group is calling for a nationwide walkout. We have serious concerns about this strategy, so we are not endorsing it. But, we have great sympathy for the frustration that is leading to it, so we are also not opposing it. You are free to decide for yourself whether you want your children to participate.
People and groups are connecting with us specifically because they support our strategy. And, so far, it has proved successful in getting our voice heard!