Media Release 1 April 2008 – Common Sense on Lyons, Please!

Save Our Schools today issued a plea to the Minister for Education, Andrew Barr, to display some common sense in the renovation of Lyons primary school.

SOS spokesman, Trevor Cobbold, said that the priority should be to ensure that the education of the Lyons students is not disrupted for any extended period. Continue reading “Media Release 1 April 2008 – Common Sense on Lyons, Please!”

Stanhope Government has Fostered the Drift to Private Schools

Save Our Schools today accused the Stanhope Government of actively promoting the drift of enrolments to private schools.

SOS spokesman, Trevor Cobbold, said that enrolments in private schools have accelerated because the ACT Government has approved the expansion of private schools and shut government schools. Continue reading “Stanhope Government has Fostered the Drift to Private Schools”

Media Release 21 March 2008- School Closures Fail to Stem Drift to Private Schools

Save Our Schools says that the new ACT School Census figures show that the Stanhope Government’s school closure plan has failed to stem the drift to private schools in the ACT.

SOS spokesman, Trevor Cobbold, said that the drift to private schools has accelerated and this contradicts Government claims on the benefits of school closures. Continue reading “Media Release 21 March 2008- School Closures Fail to Stem Drift to Private Schools”

Media Release 12 March Barr admission raises serious questions over school sites

Education and Planning Minister Andrew Barr’s admission in recent days that he has already changed land use at some of the schools he closed raises serious questions of conflict of interest, breach of due process and misleading the public, according to the Save Our Schools group. Continue reading “Media Release 12 March Barr admission raises serious questions over school sites”

Barr’s spin on PC 2008 Report into Government Services

The latest Productivity Commission report, the 2008 Report on Government Services, has been used by Chief Minister Jon Stanhope and Minister for Education Andrew Barr to justify their scorched earth approach to education reform. It’s all in Stanhope’s and Barr’s press releases.

Rather than owning up to the disastrous effects of school closures on schools and their communities, they have used the report (using data from 2006) to justify their ‘reforms’, quoting the higher costs of ACT government services. If Mr Stanhope is to be believed, the still-secret Costello Functional review said the same thing. Can it now be released to the public? Continue reading “Barr’s spin on PC 2008 Report into Government Services”

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”

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.

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