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Africentric school’s principal back at work

The principal of Toronto's Africentric Alternative School returned to her post Wednesday after being cleared of allegations made by a parent.

Thando Hyman-Aman went on leave on Oct. 28 and was replaced by a white male principal while the Toronto District School Board investigated the complaint made against her. Her departure and replacement caused an outcry, and prompted the TDSB to apologize for failing to communicate with parents.

"I am looking forward to joining staff, students, and parents on Wednesday," Ms. Hyman-Aman said in a statement released Tuesday. "Together, we can continue to do great things to support the growth of our school."

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The controversial idea of an Africentric school at the TDSB was born of an effort to stem the 40-per-cent dropout rate among Toronto's black students.

Recent scores on province-wide literacy and numeracy tests were strong – well above the provincial average. There are currently 161 students enrolled with 55 more on a waiting list.

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