The list of broken promises by the Stanhope Government on
school closures continues to grow. The latest is the Government’s reversal on
selling off school sites.
The Minister for Education, Andrew Barr, told regional
consultation meetings held in June that school sites would not be closed. For
example, he gave a firm commitment to the South-East
Belconnen regional meeting on 27 June that ‘there will be no land
sales as a result of school closures’ (Canberra Times, 28 June 2006).
Now the Chief Minister has unilaterally broken this
commitment. He told the Canberra
Times (5 August, 2006)
that the Government will likely sell unused school land for residential
development and aged-care facilities.
So, the Government’s commitment not to sell school sites
lasted only about 5 weeks.
Continue reading “School Sites to be Sold – Another Broken Promise”
John Stanhope’s ill-tempered attack on Jane
Gorrie, President of P&C Council, has all the hall-marks of a government in
crisis, says Save Our Schools Canberra.
Continue reading “More Signs of Govt. in Crisis”
The Government’s Towards 2020 Plan is in tatters and the
process of consultation has become a shambles. The Government is ignoring its
legal obligations to consider the full educational, financial and social impact
of its Plan. Obfuscation and deceit has become the modus operandi of a Government under pressure. It is time for an
independent public inquiry to clean up the mess.
Continue reading “The Case for an Independent Public Inquiry on School Closures”
Jon Stanhope’s ill-tempered attack on Jane Gorrie, President of P&C Council, has all the hall-marks of a government in crisis, says Save Our Schools Canberra. Continue reading “More Signs of Government in Crisis”
The Education Minister, Andrew Barr, continues to deny
important data to school communities. He has refused to provide detailed data
on school costs and savings for each individual school proposed for closure or amalgamation.
In effect, the Minister’s refusal and stated reasons for not supplying the data
demonstrates that the Government’s school closure plan is based on incomplete
and inadequate data.
Continue reading “Minister Refuses to Divulge Savings Figures”
Save Our Schools Canberra spokesperson, Dr
Ian Morgan, said today votes taken at the ACT Conference of the ALP over the
weekend showed that the Stanhope Government was in total disarray over school
“A majority of the Government voted to
delay the school closure program and against the arrogance of Chief Minister
Stanhope and Education Minister Barr”, said Dr Morgan.
“Clearly, we have a Government and a party
which are deeply divided on these issues, a Chief Minister who is out of touch,
and a Minister who is out of his depth, out of control, and now, out of action.
Continue reading “Stanhope Government in Disarray”
The ALP Branch Conference held at the weekend has revealed a
party and a Government that is deeply divided over the Towards 2020 school
closure plan. The Conference vote against a moratorium on the Plan was only 100
to 96. The two previous Education Ministers, Simon Corbell and Katy Gallagher,
voted for a moratorium as did some Government backbenchers.
This is a major division that threatens the future of the
Government. The Chief Minister has his head in the sand if he thinks otherwise.
The division in ALP ranks has been created by the resistance
and protest of school communities and parents across Canberra at the Government’s plan.
Continue reading “Labor is Divided On School Closures”
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
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”