Media Release 18 June 2007 – Use Surplus to Improve Student Outcomes

Save Our Schools has called on the ACT Government to use part of its Budget surplus to improve student outcomes.

SOS spokesperson, Trevor Cobbold, has told the Estimates Committee of the Legislative Assembly that the ACT Government has accumulated a $600 million surplus while ignoring student learning needs. Continue reading “Media Release 18 June 2007 – Use Surplus to Improve Student Outcomes”

Media Release 21 June 2007 – Student/Teacher Advantage in Government Schools Slashed

Save Our Schools says that Canberra’s government secondary schools have lost much of their advantage over private schools in terms of their lower student/teacher ratio.

SOS spokesperson, Trevor Cobbold, called on the ACT Government to restore 60 teacher positions cut from government high schools and colleges earlier this year. Continue reading “Media Release 21 June 2007 – Student/Teacher Advantage in Government Schools Slashed”

Dismay from Cook P&C

Cook Primary School Parents & Citizens Association is dismayed that the large 2007 ACT Budget surplus has confirmed that the ACT Government’s massive program of school closures is unwarranted.

Any competent government would only have opted as a last resort for large scale school closures, with the associated distress and anxiety inflicted across the Canberra community.

Instead, the Stanhope Labor Government has blundered its way through a series of unwawrranted, knee-jerk measures in recent months, on the spurious grounds of averting acute financial collapse in the ACT.

The decisions on cuts to bus services, and hospital pay parking, have been reversed.

We can only hope that the Government will, belatedly, see reason and reverse its appalling school closures decisions.

Debbie Newton, School closures community liaison officer,
Cook P&C

7 June 2007

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Consultations on Future Uses of Closed School Sites

The Minister for Territories and Municipal Services, John Hargreaves, has announced a two-stage community consultation process on the future use of schools and pre-schools closed at the end of last year.

Primary schools in Flynn, Hall, Chifley (Melrose), Mt. Neighbour, Rivett, Tharwa and Weston closed at the end of 2006. Also included in the consultation process are two former primary school sites in Downer and North Curtin. Continue reading “Consultations on Future Uses of Closed School Sites”

Most school mergers lead to lower student achievement

The majority of merged schools deliver lower exam results in the first three years according to new UK research.

A study by the Hay Group, an international management consultancy firm, shows that 55% of merged schools in the UK had a sustained decline in student performance in the three years after the merger than the average for the separate schools in the three years before. Continue reading “Most school mergers lead to lower student achievement”

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”

Kambah Community Fun Day Sunday 30 July

The Kambah community is inviting the public to a fun afternoon of free children’s entertainment, including face painting, balloon modelling, jumping castles, clowns and games.

The Community Fun Day is in aid of the multiple school closures in the area, and provides an opportunity for families to talk to others facing a similar situation.

So bring the kids along, a blanket and picnic lunch (bbq’s are provided) and join in the fun

WHERE: Kambah Oval No. 3
Kett Street Kambah
(Opposite the Burns Club)

WHEN: Sunday 30th July 2006
1pm til 3pm

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Public Education Under Attack

The dispute between the ACT Government and teachers is getting worse!

The 6 June Budget, crafted by Chief Minister and Treasurer Jon Stanhope, took the knife to jobs and services across the ACT public sector. The public school system was not immune from the knife as the ACT Government targeted cuts of at least 120 teaching positions in secondary schools, 15 teaching positions in primary schools and 10 itinerant staff across the system. It also flagged the loss of 90 support staff in the education bureaucracy. The announcement of 39 potential preschool and school closures has sent many school communities into a fury, and the ad hoc and destructive nature of many of the proposals has been scrutinised in the media and at public meetings. Continue reading “Public Education Under Attack”