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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Call to Reduce Chasm between Rich and Poor in School Outcomes

Save Our Schools today called for a major effort to lift school outcomes for disadvantaged students in the ACT. SOS spokesman, Trevor Cobbold, said that the ACT Government had to act in the light new evidence that shows a large and growing achievement gap between students from high and low income families. Continue reading “Call to Reduce Chasm between Rich and Poor in School Outcomes”

Media Release on Cook PS Closure

The Stanhope-Barr so called “Towards 2020” ACT schools policy, which should more accurately be called “Back to 1920”, will close the doors on the vibrant and excellent Cook Primary School and Cook Preschool this Friday.

“Friday 21 December 2007 will be a very emotional day for the Cook schools community,” said Cook P&C media spokesperson Debbie Newton. Continue reading “Media Release on Cook PS Closure”

Retain School Sites for Community Use

With the completion of the community consultation on the future of closed school sites, Save Our Schools (SOS) has called for the sites to be retained for community use and not sold to increase the Budget surplus.

SOS spokeswoman, Jane Tullis, said that the recent consultations show strong support to retain the school sites for community use. Continue reading “Retain School Sites for Community Use”

PISA Study Shows the Need for a Real Education Revolution

Save Our Schools (SOS), a public education advocacy group, has called on the Rudd Government to reduce the achievement gap in education outcomes in Australia. SOS spokesman, Trevor Cobbold, said today that glaring inequities revealed by the PISA 2006 study shows the need for a real revolution in education in Australia.

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Barr loses track of his students in Towards 2020 upheaval

Mr Andrew Barr MLA, the Minister for Education and Training, has refused to provide a report on the geographic distribution of ACT students amongst government schools, leading to the conclusion that his Department does not routinely maintain its own records of student information.

Without such basic information about his students, how does the Minister propose to assess the gains he claims were to be made by Towards 2020, including closing a large number of schools? Continue reading “Barr loses track of his students in Towards 2020 upheaval”

Hargreaves pre-empts school sales, ‘shoots messenger’ and ignores ‘mandate’ to save schools

Territories and Municipal Services Minister, John Hargreaves appears to be blatantly disregarding community needs while pre-empting a plan to sell-off many of the closed school sites, according to the Save Our Schools group.

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Media Release 12 September 2007 – SOS fears ‘another sham process’ over school sites

Save Our Schools fears that the ACT Government is running another ‘sham consultation process’ for the future use of closed school sites, as the Government has apparently ignored advice on how to run a better and more credible process. Continue reading “Media Release 12 September 2007 – SOS fears ‘another sham process’ over school sites”