Toronto school board director resigns over plagiarism scandal

Chris Spence. (QMI Agency)

Chris Spence. (QMI Agency)

Ian Robertson, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 5:23 PM ET

TORONTO — Toronto school board director Chris Spence has resigned a day after he admitted stealing other authors' work for a newspaper article.

Spence, the Toronto District School Board's (TDSB) director of education, said Wednesday he plagiarized portions of his opinion piece for the Toronto Star that was published earlier this month.

He issued a statement, saying "it is with great sadness and regret" that he tendered his resignation.

"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.

"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."


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