Save Our Schools today called on the ACT Minister for Education, Andrew Barr, to resign because he misused research evidence in his decisions to close schools.
SOS Convenor, Trevor Cobbold, said that the Legislative Assembly should pass a no confidence motion in the Minister if he fails to tender his resignation. Continue reading “ACT Education Minister Should Resign”
The Education Committee of the ACT Legislative Assembly has delivered a weak-kneed report on school closures. It has failed to deliver a better process for considering school closure proposals in the future. It has dashed the hopes and expectations of many for a better approach. Continue reading “School Closure Report Fails to Deliver”
Hall and district residents are delighted with the findings of the report on school closures by the Standing Committee on Education, Training and Youth Affairs tabled in the ACT Legislative Assembly this morning. Continue reading “Hall community welcomes inquiry report”
The Flynn community welcomed today’s Education Standing Committee recommendation to re-open Hall and Tharwa primary schools but said the recommendation in regard to Flynn has put a cloud over Flynn’s future. Continue reading “Inquiry cop-out leaves cloud over Flynn”
Closure of Mt Neighbour Primary School will mean the demise
of a school community that has for decades embraced its indigenous students,
their families and their culture.
Continue reading “Indigenous Students Will Be Disadvantaged by Mt. Neighbour PS Closure”
Schools and preschools in South Australia are currently facing the greatest potential threat of closure and amalgamation ever seen in that State’s history. Continue reading “School Closures Questioned in South Australia”
Convenor of Save Our Schools, Trevor Cobbold, delivered a
paper on school mergers and closures to a forum in Adelaide on 3 September 2009
sponsored by the South Australian Branch of the Australian Education Union. The
forum was titled “Education Works or Education Wilderness?”
The paper describes the background to the school closures
announced by the ACT Government in 2006 and discusses the key issues and
lessons arising from the campaign against school closures.
Continue reading “Looking Back at School Closure Issues in the ACT”
Small schools do better than large schools on a variety of school variables including student achievement according to a new review of studies on the effects of school size on education. Further, it found that students from disadvantaged social and economic backgrounds are the major beneficiaries of smaller schools.
The review examined 57 studies conducted since 1990. The studies assessed the impact of school size on a variety of school outcomes, cost efficiency and teachers. The vast majority examined the relationship between school size and various measures of student outcomes. It found that smaller schools were better suited to most purposes. Continue reading “Studies Show that Smaller Schools Do Better than Large Schools”
It seems that the Chief Minister, Jon Stanhope, and the
Minister for Education, Andrew Barr, have got their messages mixed – yet again.
The ACT Government’s approach to school planning is shown once again to be
riven by policy contradictions.
Last week, the Chief Minister announced that the vacant government-owned
CIT Horticulture School site in Weston might be used to re-locate the Islamic
School of Canberra from its current location on the old Watson High School
site. The school has also applied to open a high school. The Chief Minister virtually endorsed the
proposal, subject to a community consultation.
In the Chronicle last
week, the Minister for Education, Andrew Barr, stated emphatically that it is
not government policy to hand over former school sites to private schools. He
said that former school sites are publicly owned facilities that will remain in
Continue reading “Proposal to Re-locate the Islamic School Involves Major Policy Contradictions”
The estimates of government savings from school closures during 2006-2008 presented to the Estimates Committee of the ACT Legislative Assembly recently are outdated, misleading and not believable.
The Minister for Education, Andrew Barr, has treated the Estimates process with contempt by providing savings estimates made in 2006 before any school closures occurred and by failing to take account of ongoing costs of the closures. Continue reading “School Closure Savings Figures are Outdated, Misleading and Not Believable”