Toronto District School Board’s Director of Education Chris Spence has resigned.
The announcement comes after Spence admitted plagiarizing a column he wrote in the Toronto Star.
Chris Bolton, the Chair of the TDSB made the announcement Thursday, Jan. 10, afternoon in a press release stating the nature of the situation is “unexpected” and the TDSB will be taking the necessary steps to appoint a new interim director at this time.
His letter of resignation reads:
“It is with great sadness and regret that I am writing to tender my resignation as Director of Education for the Toronto District School Board.
I have come to this decision after a great deal of reflection, and no small amount of consultation with family, friends and colleagues. I do so with a profoundly heavy heart.
My life’s work has been education, and the education of young people. More than anything else, I regret that I have not set a good or proper example for the many thousands of young people I’ve been privileged to meet and know.
I intend to continue to do the things I pledged to do - to restore my reputation, and to uphold the academic integrity I consider to be so important. But most importantly, to make amends for what I have done.
I do not wish to be a further distraction to the Trustees, or my many friends and colleagues at the Toronto District School Board. I therefore submit my letter of resignation and, once again, offer my sincerest apologies.”