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April 30, 2008

Africentric school plan takes more heat: Toronto

Some say it’s too watered down, another says it’s overblown, so Canada’s first Africentric “school within a school” continues to draw fire, even as the blueprint begins to take shape.

Toronto District School Board staff have proposed the pilot program start in September 2009 with junior kindergarten through Grade 5 in an unused wing of Sheppard Public School near Sheppard Ave. W. and Keele St.

While staff call it an “exciting opportunity” for a large school struggling with falling enrolment, champions of the Africentric school say a school-within-a-school elementary program falls short of their vision of a self-standing school up to Grade 12.

“I prefer a free-standing school with its own holistic learning system,” said Ryerson professor Grace-Edward Galabuzi, one of a network of advocates of an Africentric alternative school as a way to help fight a high dropout rate among black teens. Continue reading

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