Media Release 1 April 2008 – Common Sense on Lyons, Please!

Save Our Schools today issued a plea to the Minister for Education, Andrew Barr, to display some common sense in the renovation of Lyons primary school.

SOS spokesman, Trevor Cobbold, said that the priority should be to ensure that the education of the Lyons students is not disrupted for any extended period. Continue reading “Media Release 1 April 2008 – Common Sense on Lyons, Please!”

Report Shows Stanhope Govt. Fails on Education

Save Our Schools said today that the report on student performance in the ACT by the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) is a devastating indictment of the performance of the Stanhope Government in education.

SOS spokesperson Trevor Cobbold, said that the report shows that there are large inequities in education outcomes in the ACT and declining student achievement in key areas. Continue reading “Report Shows Stanhope Govt. Fails on Education”

Stanhope Government has Fostered the Drift to Private Schools

Save Our Schools today accused the Stanhope Government of actively promoting the drift of enrolments to private schools.

SOS spokesman, Trevor Cobbold, said that enrolments in private schools have accelerated because the ACT Government has approved the expansion of private schools and shut government schools. Continue reading “Stanhope Government has Fostered the Drift to Private Schools”

Media Release 21 March 2008- School Closures Fail to Stem Drift to Private Schools

Save Our Schools says that the new ACT School Census figures show that the Stanhope Government’s school closure plan has failed to stem the drift to private schools in the ACT.

SOS spokesman, Trevor Cobbold, said that the drift to private schools has accelerated and this contradicts Government claims on the benefits of school closures. Continue reading “Media Release 21 March 2008- School Closures Fail to Stem Drift to Private Schools”

Media Release 12 March Barr admission raises serious questions over school sites

Education and Planning Minister Andrew Barr’s admission in recent days that he has already changed land use at some of the schools he closed raises serious questions of conflict of interest, breach of due process and misleading the public, according to the Save Our Schools group. Continue reading “Media Release 12 March Barr admission raises serious questions over school sites”

Razor Gang Should Review Over-Funding of Private Schools

Save Our Schools, a public education advocacy group, has called on the Rudd Government to include private school over-funding in its review of Federal Government expenditure.

SOS spokesman, Trevor Cobbold, said that over-funding for wealthy private schools should not be quarantined from the razor gang. Continue reading “Razor Gang Should Review Over-Funding of Private Schools”

Call to Extend Consultation on Schools Standards Authority

Save Our Schools today called on the Minister for Education to extend the consultation period on the proposed ACT Schools Standards Authority.

SOS spokesman, Trevor Cobbold, said that five weeks is too short for effective community discussion. Continue reading “Call to Extend Consultation on Schools Standards Authority”

Barr’s spin on PC 2008 Report into Government Services

The latest Productivity Commission report, the 2008 Report on Government Services, has been used by Chief Minister Jon Stanhope and Minister for Education Andrew Barr to justify their scorched earth approach to education reform. It’s all in Stanhope’s and Barr’s press releases.

Rather than owning up to the disastrous effects of school closures on schools and their communities, they have used the report (using data from 2006) to justify their ‘reforms’, quoting the higher costs of ACT government services. If Mr Stanhope is to be believed, the still-secret Costello Functional review said the same thing. Can it now be released to the public? Continue reading “Barr’s spin on PC 2008 Report into Government Services”

Education policy fails kids

ACT Greens MLA Deb Foskey has said the ACT Government’s education policy is failing too many Canberra students.

“I congratulate ACT teachers for their efforts towards achieving
excellent achievements for many Canberra students” Dr Foskey said today.

“However, the Greens are concerned about the alarming and growing gap between the achievements of students from high and low income families, as the Productivity Commission’s latest report has made clear.”

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