SHAUN CHEN STEPS DOWN AS TDSB CHAIR TO RUN FOR LIBERALS IN FEDERAL ELECTION

Aug 05, 2015

By Jane Brown

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The chair of the Toronto District School Board has resigned to run in the federal election.

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(photo credit: Toronto Star)

Shaun Chen hopes to become the Liberal MP for the new riding of Scarborough North.

During his tenure in the top job at Canada’s largest school board … Chen oversaw some rough times, taking over after a number of scandals and amid ongoing feuds among trustees and staff.

Chen said while he is stepping down as chair, he is also taking a leave of absence as trustee for Ward 21, (Scarborough-Rouge River), and will not accept any salary from the TDSB during this time.

It’s expected the Toronto District School Board will call a meeting next week to vote on a replacement for Chen.  The only candidate expected to run to replace him is Robin Pilkey, first elected as a trustee last fall to represent Parkdale-High Park.

The TDSB faces a tough few months. A report on the board’s future comes from Barbara Hall sometime this month and there could be labour turmoil when school resumes in September.

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