Legal Aid Ontario has been speaking to people in the community about issues related to its Racialized Communities Strategy. Through it all, they have heard one concern raised again and again by community members, community agencies and staff at community legal clinics: more needs to be done to support children in conflict with the education system.
The available data supports this concern:
- The Toronto District School Board released data in 2013 for the 2006/7 school year, which revealed that Black students make up only 12% of high school students, but account for more than 31% of suspensions.
- In a 2003 Ontario Human Rights Commission report, most of those interviewed identified discrimination as the main reason why racial minority and disabled students are more often disciplined.
This online resource includes the following topics to help clients understand what their child's school can suspend or expel them for and what they can do if it happens to them:
- What can I be suspended or expelled for?
- What are my rights?
- What is Legal Aid Ontario doing to help?