Board Chair Declares: "Children are Not Illegal"
Toronto, May 24, 2006 - In a moving show of support, TDSB trustees stood tonight to ensure that all students have access to education without fear of detention, deportation, or disruption of their learning by federal immigration authorities.
In a unanimous decision, board trustees voted:
a) To accept in principle a Don't Ask, Don't Tell policy for all Toronto public schools within the TDSB. This means that Board staff will not inquire about the immigration status of students or their families, and that this information, if discovered, will not be passed on to federal immigration authorities.
b) This policy will be put in place after consultation with community members and city agencies; it will take effect for the beginning of the 2006-2007 school year.