The 2011–2012 ACT School Budget has confirmed what we all have known for a long time—the 2006 mass school closures was a failed policy based on false assumptions and dodgy data.Continue reading “ACT Government Policy Backflip on School Planning”
When governments are looking to save money, they often turn to school closures as the answer, as has been seen in every Australian state and territory in recent years. It is a worldwide phenomenon. It has been going on in many states and school districts in the United States in the last few years. Continue reading “Study Says that School Closures are Unlikely to Deliver Financial Savings and Education Improvement”
The following is a media release from the Flynn Primary School P&C Association on vandalism of its heritage school. . Continue reading “Official Vandalism of Heritage School”
After a long campaign by Save Our Schools to improve the process for considering school closures, several amendments to the ACT Education Act were passed this week by the ACT Legislative Assembly.
The amendments should ensure a better consultation process around school closure proposals and ensure a much fuller analysis of the impact of proposed school closures. They should ensure a better hearing for school communities than occurred in 2005 for Ginninderra District HS and in 2006 under the Towards 2020 plan. Continue reading “Stronger Requirements for Consideration of School Closure Proposals”
The John Flynn Community Group hopes to work with the ACT Government to develop a masterplan for a childcare centre and sustainable community hub at Flynn following a positive meeting with Disability Housing and Community Services Minister, Joy Burch, last week.Continue reading “Flynn Welcomes Opportunity to Plan Community Hub”
Flynn community groups are seeking an urgent meeting with ACT Government ministers following a shock Anzac Day announcement for Flynn Primary School that appears to leave the Flynn community out in the cold again.Continue reading “Flynn seeks urgent meeting after Anzac Day shock”
The ACT Government’s response to the recommendations from the Assembly Inquiry into school closures is grossly inadequate and as misleading and dishonest as the initial school closure process.
Despite the evidence provided by the community to the Inquiry and, indeed, the findings and recommendations of the Inquiry itself, the Minister still repeats the same false claims made during 2006, even though they are now proven to be false.
In particular, the Minister maintains that the consultation process was genuine and adequate, that small schools are expensive and unviable and so deserved to close, and that the social, educational and financial impacts of closing schools were adequately considered.
The detailed analysis of the school closure process has demonstrated that none of these is true (download analysis here).
The ACT Government has a great opportunity this week to move to restore and open heritage-cited schools at Flynn, Tharwa and Hall in response to new information and community support, according to the Flynn Primary School Parents and Citizens Association.
The ACT Government is expected to make its initial response to the findings of the School Closure Inquiry later this week and Flynn P&C President Roger Nicoll said that the community is hopeful that the Government will respond favourably to new information.Continue reading “Great reasons to restore heritage schools at Flynn, Tharwa and Hall”
Following the scathing findings of the School Closure Inquiry, the Flynn Primary School Parents and Citizens Association is calling on the Greens to stand up for communities in the upcoming sittings of the Assembly, by supporting the re-opening of Flynn, Hall, Tharwa and Cook schools. Continue reading “Flynn considers further action on school closures”
Tharwa, Flynn and Cook parents and citizen associations (P&Cs) today called on the Labor, Liberal and Green Members of the Legislative Assembly to support a motion to re-open Primary Schools in Tharwa, Hall, Flynn and Cook. Hall P&C also welcome moves to re-open schools. Continue reading “Joint Media Statement – Tharwa, Flynn and Cook Parents and Citizens.”