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”

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Request statement of reasons for your school being closed

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”

Dissembling in the Assembly

The Minister for Education, Mr. Andrew Barr, was caught out under forensic questioning about information on the shift to private schools in the Estimates Committee hearings on Education on 28 June.

The Minister was requested to provide information on why families transfer from the government school system to the private sector. He inadvertently revealed that the Government had not done any planning on the impact of school closures on the shift to private schools because the information on why families move has to be collated from individual schools. Continue reading “Dissembling in the Assembly”