The Government’s estimates of savings from closing 39 schools are over-stated.
The Minister for Education has recently admitted to several additional costs that will be incurred by closing schools and which have not been offset against the savings estimates. Continue reading “Savings from school closures overstated”
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
Greens MLA, Deb Foskey, is introducing a Bill to the Legislative Assembly that, if passed, would put a stop to any school closures until 2008 and ensure that any school closure thereafter would have to be confirmed by a vote in the Assembly. Continue reading “ACT Greens Fight Against School Closures”
Giralang Primary school is slated for closure next year, which would end their popular walk-to-school program.
The Walking School Bus (WSB) is a fun, safe and active way for kids to walk to school. One volunteer ‘drives’ at the front of the bus, while another parent supervises at the rear. Each ‘bus’ walks along a set route. Kids join at designated ‘stops’ and walk to school as a group. Continue reading “Obesity, pollution: the cost of school closures”
The Government has failed to provide any information on the impact of its proposed school closures on student bus travel or on ACTION costs and revenues. The Education Minister, Andrew Barr, has asserted at regional consultation meetings that increases in student bus travel will be met by alterations to existing services. Continue reading “Increased Student Bus Travel Costs Will Cut Savings from School Closures”
“Funky Four and Friends” have written and performed a rallying song in support of the Save Our Schools Campaign.
The Save our Schools song is free for your to download, listen to and share with your friends.
Our thanks to “Funky Four and Friends” for allowing royalty-free distribution.
The Minister for Education has again been caught out with mis-information designed to mislead the public. SOS spokesperson, Dr. Ian Morgan, said that the Minister has selectively and falsely cited research on small schools, while trying unsuccessfully to clear himself of previous accusations. Continue reading “More Govt. Dishonesty on Small Schools”
Save Our Schools Canberra today accused the ACT Treasury and the Stanhope Government of blatant dishonesty in its Budget statement on school costs.
SOS spokesperson, Dr. Ian Morgan, said that the Government and the Treasury have effectively overstated the difference in average costs between larger and small primary schools by over $7,500 per student. Continue reading “Treasury Dishonesty on School Costs Exposed”
Parents affected by school closures may be entitled to request a statement of reasons from the Minister for Education under the Administrative Decisions (Judicial Review) Act 1989 (“ADJR Act”). The ADJR Act applies provides aggrieved persons with ways to appeal decisions and hold decision-makers accountable for their decisions. Continue reading “Request statement of reasons for your school being closed”
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