Media release 23 April 2007 – Save Our Schools Adopts New Role

The Save Our Schools group, which was formed last year to oppose school closures, has announced that it is taking on a broader role.

SOS spokesperson, Trevor Cobbold, said today that the organisation will campaign for public education and increased equity in education. Continue reading “Media release 23 April 2007 – Save Our Schools Adopts New Role”

Media Release – School Sites Should Not be Sold

Save Our Schools today called on the ACT Government to retain closed school sites for community use and possible re-opening.

SOS spokesperson, Trevor Cobbold, said that the affected communities should have a say in decisions about the future use of the sites.

“These school sites provide essential public facilities. In many instances, school sites provide the only available recreational space in a suburb. Selling the sites will reduce public space for recreational and leisure activities of local neighbourhoods. Continue reading “Media Release – School Sites Should Not be Sold”

Media release 31 October 2006 – Increased Accident Risks for Children from School Closures

Save Our Schools today accused the Stanhope Government of neglecting student safety in its rush to close schools.

SOS spokesperson, Trevor Cobbold, said that a sample survey of schools proposed for closure has highlighted a number of “black spots” which will place children at greater risk of traffic accidents in walking or cycling to another school. Continue reading “Media release 31 October 2006 – Increased Accident Risks for Children from School Closures”

Media Release 20 November 2006 – School Closure Case Not Substantiated

Save Our Schools today released its 75-page submission on ACT Government’s school closure plan.

SOS spokesperson, Trevor Cobbold, said that the Government has failed to justify its case to close schools on educational, financial or demographic grounds. Continue reading “Media Release 20 November 2006 – School Closure Case Not Substantiated”

Media release 29 October 2006 – New Research Says School Closures Lower Student Results

Save Our Schools says that new research published in the UK last week shows that the majority of school closures lead to a decline in student results.

SOS spokesperson, Trevor Cobbold, said that the research calls into question the whole rationale of the Stanhope Government’s school closure and amalgamation plan. Continue reading “Media release 29 October 2006 – New Research Says School Closures Lower Student Results”

Media release 19 October 2006 – Birth Figures Call School Closure Plan into Question

Save Our Schools today called on the Minister for Education to re-estimate the enrolment projections in ACT government schools in the light of birth figures released this week by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).

SOS spokesperson, Trevor Cobbold, said that the new figures call into question the whole basis of the ACT Government’s school closure plan. Continue reading “Media release 19 October 2006 – Birth Figures Call School Closure Plan into Question”

Media Release – Low Income Students Do Better in Small Schools

Save Our Schools today released a research report that shows that students from low income families do better in small schools.

SOS spokesperson, Trevor Cobbold, said that the research refutes Government claims that closing small schools will allow resources to be better targeted to address educational need and socio-economic disadvantage. Continue reading “Media Release – Low Income Students Do Better in Small Schools”

Media release 29 September 2006 – Minister Talks Down Impact of School Closures on Low Income Families

Save Our Schools today accused the Minister for Education of deliberately talking down the impact of his school closure plan on low income families.

SOS spokesperson, Trevor Cobbold, called on the Minister to assure low income families that their needs will be taken into consideration in deciding whether any schools would close from the end of this year. Continue reading “Media release 29 September 2006 – Minister Talks Down Impact of School Closures on Low Income Families”

Media Release 17 September 2006 – Chief Minister Should Apologise to Indigenous Families on School Closures

Save Our Schools today called on the Chief Minister to apologise for denying that his school closure plan will severely impact on Indigenous students and families and for his failure to consult with Indigenous communities on school closures.

SOS spokesperson, Trevor Cobbold, said that the Chief Minister has put school closures first and the needs of Indigenous students and parents second. Continue reading “Media Release 17 September 2006 – Chief Minister Should Apologise to Indigenous Families on School Closures”

Low Income Families Hit by School Closure Plan

Save Our Schools Canberra said today that low income families will be hit hard by the Stanhope Government’s school closure plan. Trevor Cobbold, SOS spokesperson, said that many of the schools listed for closure serve the least well-off communities in Canberra. Continue reading “Low Income Families Hit by School Closure Plan”