Strong majority thinks TDSB does a poor job running schools

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Strong majority thinks TDSB does a poor job running schools

Few think trustees are necessary to administer schools

TORONTO, January 25th, 2015 - In a random sampling of public opinion taken by The Forum Poll™ among 843 Toronto voters, fully 6-in-10 do not think the TDSB does a good job of running Toronto’s schools (61%), while fewer than one fifth think a good job is being done (19%). A similar proportion do not share an opinion (20%). Belief the TDSB is dysfunctional is common to Gen X (parents 45 to 54 - 67%), the wealthy ($80K to $100K - 67%) and John Tory voters (65%).

Most think trustees unnecessary

The largest group of voters, close to one half (45%) say trustees are not necessary to administer Toronto’s schools, while about 3-in-10 say they are (31%). One quarter don’t offer an opinion (24%). Among those who are especially likely to think trustees are necessary are the least wealthy (less than $20K - 37%, $20K to $40K - 40%), in North York (38%) and among Olivia Chow voters (40%).

"The recent coverage of the TDSB’s woes, and that of its Education Director, have clearly sensitized voters to an issue they have long ignored, the background governance of Toronto’s public schools," said Forum Research President, Dr. Lorne Bozinoff.

Lorne Bozinoff, Ph.D. is the president and founder of Forum Research. He can be reached at or at (416) 960-9603.