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Wednesday, February 06, 2013

Will there be A Prom Afterall Here In Toronto

Toronto school board to decide fate of prom amid teacher dispute

Tonight's meeting to consider motion to hold year-end party with principals, staff help

Toronto public high school students — who have gone without extracurricular activities due to an ongoing dispute between Ontario's teachers and the provincial government — will learn today whether they can hold a prom party with the help of other school staff.
The province's public school teachers are continuing their refusal to oversee extracurricular clubs and sports in response to legislation that imposed contracts on teachers and limits their ability to negotiate and strike.
'For the graduating class, they've already missed out on so much. I think the prom will go a little way at least to making up some of that to students.'— Pamela Gough, Toronto District School Board trustee
But a motion is going before the Toronto District School Board Wednesday night to allow secondary schools to hold the annual rite of passage, with principals and support staff overseeing the event.
"One of the most important milestones of a student's time in secondary school is the school prom … These proms are a pivotal social event for the graduating classes," the motion reads.
Trustee Pamela Gough, who put forward the motion, said it's a once in a lifetime experience for students.
"For the graduating class, they've already missed out on so much," she said. "I think the prom will go a little way at least to making up some of that to students."

Students considering hosting party themselves

But some students are working hard to save the dance, with or without school support.
The student council at Bloor Collegiate Institute has been looking at the possibility of planning a year-end party themselves.
"We have to organize our own or just not have it," said John Kim, the school's student treasurer. "But we really want to have prom since it's the last year of high school."
York and Peel district school boards are already pushing forward with proms and graduation events without teacher assistance.
For the prom motion to pass at Wednesday night's Toronto District School Board meeting, it will need the backing of a simple majority — at least 12 out of 22 elected trustees.
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