Estimate Distance and Cost to Attend New School

An action item for parent groups preparing their case against their school being closed is to do an estimate of the increased distance their children will have to walk to another school in the region and the additional costs incurred by bus or car travel to other schools. Continue reading “Estimate Distance and Cost to Attend New School”

Action in the aftermath of the ALP Branch Conference

It is important that P&Cs and Save Our Schools committees continue to press their case to Labor members of the Legislative Assembly.

The key demand is to call for a moratorium on school closures and the establishment of an independent public inquiry on the school closure plan and the future of the neighbourhood school.

Things you can do are:
•Write or e-mail your local Member;
•Phone your local Member;
•Organise a delegation to meet with your local Member;
•Invite your local Member to meeting of parents at your school.

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August Action in the Assembly

The next key period in the battle against Towards 2020 is the two sitting weeks of the Legislative Assembly in mid-August (15 – 17 August, 22 – 24 August).

At this sitting the Budget Bills will be debated as will the ACT Greens’ Bill for a moratorium on school closures and a Liberal Party motion to establish an independent inquiry.

A public rally sponsored by the ACT Greens will be held outside the Assembly on Wednesday, 16 August at 1.00pm. Promote the rally in your community. Organise a contingent to attend. Bring your banners.

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Obesity, pollution: the cost of 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”

Increased Student Bus Travel Costs Will Cut Savings from 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”

More Govt. Dishonesty on Small Schools

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”

Treasury Dishonesty on School Costs Exposed

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”