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Manitoba school board under review, province appoints oversight panel

WINNIPEG — The Manitoba government has appointed a panel to oversee a school board that has been shaken by controversy.

Education Minister Nello Altomare says the three-member panel will ensure the Mountain View School Division is focused on student learning and well-being, with an eye on diversity, inclusion and reconciliation.

One of the trustees was widely condemned in April, when he said residential schools started as a good thing and that the term “white privilege” is racist.

Earlier this month, the school division’s superintendent was removed and three trustees resigned.

The province launched a governance review of the board, which is still underway.

Altomare says that while provincial law gives him the power to dissolve the board, it’s not a step he’s considering right now.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published June 12, 2024.

The Canadian Press