The TCDSB Should Ignore CLC's Request to Dismiss Teacher Paolo De Buono

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Whereas, Paolo De Buono ("Paolo") is a teacher employed by the Toronto Catholic District School Board ("TCDSB"); and

Whereas, the TCDSB's Equity Action Plan requires all schools to ensure that "systemic barriers are removed for ... students who identity as LGBTQ or Two-Spirited" ("LBGTQ2+"); and

Whereas, the TCDSB's Code of Conduct requires equal treatment of TCDSB students & families who may identify as LGBTQ2+ through (but not limited to) the terms sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, marital status and family status; and

Whereas, Paolo has read the book, The Boy Who Cried Fabulous, to his Grade 5-6 class, for several equity purposes including to reduce systemic barriers for students who may or may in the future identity as LGBTQ2+; and

Whereas, Paolo has read the book, A Tale of Two Mommies, to his Grade 5-6 class, for several equity purposes including to reduce systemic barriers for students whose families or family members may or may in the future identify as LGBTQ2+; and

Whereas, Paolo, consistent with the TCDSB's Equity Action Plan, the Ministry of Education's Equity and Inclusive Education Strategy, the definition of bullying in section 1 of the Education Act, & the requirement for equal treatment within publicly-funded Catholic education mandated by section 1 of the Ontario Human Rights Code and section 15 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, will continue to include age-appropriate learning opportunities for students to address issues listed in the Equity Action Plan such as "Islamophobia, anti-Semitism, racism, homophobia and transphobia," and

Whereas, Campaign Life Coalition is a politically influential organization in publicly-funded Catholic education and its leaders have asked (and have asked their followers to ask) the trustees of the Toronto Catholic District School Board and Archbishop Collins of the Archdiocese of Toronto to terminate Paolo's employment for having read the two books referenced above; be it

Resolved, that the Toronto Catholic District School Board should ignore the request from the leaders of Campaign Life Coalition and resulting requests to terminate the employment of Paolo De Buono as a teacher.