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TORONTO — To improve education outcomes for Black students and break down systemic barriers, the Ontario government is introducing a new tool for school boards and making available $1.43 million in programs that help address policies and practices that have had adverse impacts on Ontario’s Black students, as well as support anti-racism work underway in schools across Ontario.

The new Board Improvement and Equity Planning Tool, which will be in place for 2021-22 school year, will increase accountability and standardize commitments for advancing human rights and equity across the education system. School boards will be required to engage with parents and local communities on their actions to identify and dismantle systemic barriers facing underserved student populations. Boards will be required to submit their reports to the ministry as well as posting them publicly.

“Racism and discrimination have no place in our school systems – yet too many Black students continue to feel left behind,” said Stephen Lecce, Minister of Education. “We recognize that Black and racialized students have been disproportionately impacted by the pandemic, which is why we are partnering and investing to combat racism and promote the academic success of Black students.”