Fighting for Equity in Education

The struggle is long but hope is longer

Media Release - League Tables Are on the Way

Posted on Tuesday January 13, 2009

The public education advocacy group, Save Our Schools, says that the Federal Government has deceived the public about the introduction of school league tables. >> Read on...

SOS Welcomes Government Back-Flip on Small Schools

Posted on Monday January 12, 2009

Save Our Schools today congratulated the ACT Government on its new-found commitment to small schools. >> Read on...

The Achievement Gap in Higher Education

Posted on Friday December 5, 2008

A report issued by Universities Australia shows that students from low socio-economic status (SES) backgrounds have much lower rates of participation in higher education in Australia than higher SES students. >> Read on...

Media Release - "Creative Confusion" By Mr Klein

Posted on Monday November 24, 2008

Save Our Schools today challenged the claims of visiting New York City Schools Chancellor, Joel Klein, about large increases in school performance shown in newly published report cards for the City’s schools.

SOS convenor, Trevor Cobbold, said that the results strain credibility and there are suspicions that school grades have been manipulated to boost results. >> Read on...

New York Is Not Working

Posted on Wednesday November 12, 2008

A research paper released today by Save Our Schools (SOS) refutes claims by the Federal Education Minister that reforms to the New York City school system have produced “remarkable outcomes”.

Trevor Cobbold, spokesman for the Canberra-based public education advocacy group, said that Julia Gillard’s claims are “just plain wrong”. >> Read on...

Media Release 9 October 2008 - Gillard Should Come Clean on School Reports

Posted on Wednesday October 8, 2008

Save Our Schools, has called on the Education Minister, Julia Gillard, to release details of her controversial school performance reporting plan. >> Read on...

More Questions Raised About the New York School Reporting Model

Posted on Friday September 26, 2008

More questions are being raised about the validity and reliability of the New York system of reporting school performance, which Julia Gillard wants to introduce in Australian schools. >> Read on...

Media Release 23 June 2008 - Government Divided on School Site Sell-Off

Posted on Tuesday June 24, 2008

Save Our Schools has called on the ACT Government to clarify its position on the sell-off of closed school sites. >> Read on...

Media Release 23 June 2008 - Communities Face Sell-Off of Green Space Around Closed Schools

Posted on Tuesday June 24, 2008

Save Our Schools today released figures which show that over 70% of ‘green space’ of 8 closed school sites is being considered for sale by the ACT Government. >> Read on...

Media Release 10 June 2008 - School Consultation Contract Didn’t Go To Public Tender

Posted on Wednesday June 11, 2008

Save Our Schools today called on the Acting Chief Minister to explain why the contract for the latest school site consultation was not subject to public tender. >> Read on...

Media Release 30 May 2008 - Rich Families Benefit Most from Over-Funding of Private Schools

Posted on Friday May 30, 2008

A study of the SES funding model for private schools released today shows that two-thirds of all private school students are over-funded and that schools serving the wealthiest families are vastly more over-funded than those serving low income families. >> Read on...

Media Release 11 May 2008 - SOS calls for halt on school site sales

Posted on Sunday May 11, 2008

Save Our Schools has called for a moratorium on any closed school site modifications, consultations, tenders, demolitions, sales or re-zonings until after the October ACT Election.

“Any final decisions on closed school sites would be premature this close to an election, especially given that consultation to date has been so restrictive,” said Jane Tullis, Save Our Schools spokesperson. >> Read on...

Media Release 9 May 2008 - Budget Deceit Covers Up Real Cuts in Govt. School Funding

Posted on Friday May 9, 2008

Save Our Schools has accused the Stanhope Government of cutting funding to government schools in real terms in its latest Budget. < >> Read on...

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

Posted on Wednesday April 2, 2008

Save Our Schools today has called on the Minister for Education, Andrew Barr, to display some common sense in the renovation of Lyons primary school. >> Read on...

Media Release 26 March 2008 - Report Shows Stanhope Govt. Fails on Education

Posted on Thursday March 27, 2008

The report on student performance in the ACT by the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) is a devastating indictment of the performance of the Stanhope Government in education. >> Read on...

Media Release 24 March 2007 -Stanhope Government has Fostered the Drift to Private Schools

Posted on Tuesday March 25, 2008

The Stanhope Government stands accused of of actively promoting the drift of enrolments to private schools. >> Read on...

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

Posted on Saturday March 22, 2008

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. >> Read on...

Forum on the Future of Public Education in the ACT

Posted on Sunday March 16, 2008

The ACT Public Education Alliance is hosting a forum on the future of Public Education in the ACT to be held on Thursday 27 March 2008, 5:00-7:00pm at the National Press Club on National Circuit, Barton >> Read on...

Media Release 12 March 2008 - Barr admission raises serious questions over school sites

Posted on Wednesday March 12, 2008

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. >> Read on...

Media Release 10 February 2008 - Razor Gang Should Review Over-Funding of Private Schools

Posted on Monday February 11, 2008

Save Our Schools, a public education advocacy group, has called on the Rudd Government to include private school over-funding in its review of Federal Government expenditure. < >> Read on...

Media Release 5 February 2008 - Call to Extend Consultation on Schools Standards Authority

Posted on Thursday February 7, 2008

Save Our Schools today called on the Minister for Education to extend the consultation period on the proposed ACT Schools Standards Authority. >> Read on...

Media Release 3 February 2008 - Call to Reduce Chasm between Rich and Poor in School Outcomes

Posted on Monday February 4, 2008

Save Our Schools today called for a major effort to lift school outcomes for disadvantaged students in the ACT. >> Read on...

Media release 18 December 2007 - Cook P & C

Posted on Thursday December 20, 2007

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. >> Read on...

Media Release 11 December 2007 - Retain School Sites for Community Use

Posted on Wednesday December 12, 2007

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.< >> Read on...

Media Release, 5 December 2007 - PISA Study Shows the Need for a Real Education Revolution

Posted on Friday December 7, 2007

Save Our Schools has called on the Rudd Government to reduce the achievement gap in education outcomes in Australia. >> Read on...

Media Release 14 October 2007 - Hargreaves pre-empts school sales, ‘shoots messenger’ and ignores ‘mandate’ to save schools

Posted on Monday October 15, 2007

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. >> Read on...

Media Release 24 September 2007 - SOS calls on Government to abandon ‘sham consultation’

Posted on Monday September 24, 2007

Save Our Schools today called on the ACT Government to abandon its ‘sham consultation’ scheduled to start today and adopt a more community-friendly approach.< >> Read on...

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

Posted on Thursday September 13, 2007

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.< >> Read on...

Media Release 4 September 2007 - Govt. Deception on Early Childhood Schools

Posted on Wednesday September 5, 2007

Save Our Schools today accused the ACT Government of deception about its new early childhood education policy. >> Read on...

Media Release 23 August 2007 - Hargreaves Cuts Consultation on Closed School Sites

Posted on Saturday August 25, 2007

Save Our Schools today condemned the ACT Government for cutting short the public consultation on the future of closed school sites. >> Read on...

Media release 16 August 2007 - Halt School Closures, Re-instate Teachers, Fulfil Election Promises

Posted on Friday August 17, 2007

Save Our Schools today called on the ACT Government to halt to its school closure program, re-instate teachers cut from government secondary schools and fulfil its election promises on education. >> Read on...

Media Release 15 August 2007 - Government Accused of Financial ‘Scam’ on Education Cuts

Posted on Thursday August 16, 2007

Save Our Schools today accused the ACT Government of perpetrating a financial scam in closing schools and cutting teachers. >> Read on...

Media Release 29 July 2007 - New Testing Regime Will Narrow School Curriculum

Posted on Monday July 30, 2007

A new US report calls into question the new testing regime announced last week by the Federal Minister for Education >> Read on...

Media Release 21 June 2007 - Student/Teacher Advantage in Government Schools Slashed

Posted on Friday June 22, 2007

Canberra’s government secondary schools have lost much of their advantage over private schools in terms of their lower student/teacher ratio. >> Read on...

Media Release 18 June 2007 - Use Surplus to Improve Student Outcomes

Posted on Tuesday June 19, 2007

Save Our Schools has called on the ACT Government to use part of its Budget surplus to improve student outcomes. >> Read on...

Media Release 6 June 2007 - All Bricks and Mortar – Nothing to Improve Student Outcomes

Posted on Thursday June 7, 2007

Save Our Schools says that the Budget is all ‘bricks and mortar’ and fails to address student learning needs in government schools. >> Read on...

Media Release, 5 June 2007 - Financial ‘Con’ Trick on School Closures

Posted on Wednesday June 6, 2007

Save Our Schools has accused the ACT Government of financial duplicity over its school closure program. >> Read on...

Media Release 15 May 2007 - Call for $500 Million to Curb Bullying in Schools

Posted on Wednesday May 16, 2007

Save Our Schools (SOS) has called on the Federal Government to provide $500 million to put an additional counsellor in each government school to deal with bullying and other behaviour problems. >> Read on...

Media Release 13 May 2007 - Howard Government Encourages Cheating, Poaching and Discrimination by Schools

Posted on Monday May 14, 2007

The Howard Government’s new $50 000 reward for better school performance is an invitation to schools to cheat, ‘game the system’, poach high achieving students from each other and discriminate against some students says Save Our Schools, a Canberra-based public education advocacy group. >> Read on...

Media Release 2 May 2007 - Road Safety Plan Ignores School Students

Posted on Friday May 4, 2007

Save Our Schools has criticised the ACT Government’s new Road Safety Action Plan for wilfully ignoring the impact of school closures on the safety of children walking and cycling longer distances to and from school. >> Read on...

Media release 23 April 2007 - Save Our Schools Adopts New Role

Posted on Tuesday April 24, 2007

Save Our Schools has announced that it is taking on a broader role of campaigning to save public education from the neglect and failures of governments at all levels. >> Read on...

Media Release 15 March 2007 - School Sites Should Not be Sold

Posted on Saturday March 17, 2007

Save Our Schools today called on the ACT Government to retain closed school sites for community use and possible re-opening. < >> Read on...

School Closures Undermine Public Education

Posted on Friday December 15, 2006

The Stanhope Government’s dismantling of neighbourhood schools will diminish public education, exacerbate inequity in education and fracture local communities. The Canberra community will remember this at the next ACT election. >> Read on...

Media Release 20 November 2006 - School Closure Case Not Substantiated

Posted on Tuesday November 21, 2006

Save Our Schools’ 75-page submission on ACT Government’s school closure plan shows that the Government has failed to justify its case to close schools on educational, financial or demographic grounds. >> Read on...

Govt. Has Failed to Substantiate the Case for School Closures

Posted on Tuesday November 14, 2006

The Save Our Schools submission on Towards 2020 shows that the Government has failed to substantiate its case on educational, financial or demographic grounds. You can read a summary or download the entire submission. >> Read on...

Media release 31 October 2006 - Increased Accident Risks for Children from School Closures

Posted on Thursday November 2, 2006

A a sample survey of schools proposed for closure has highlighted a number of “black spots” which will place children at greater risk of traffic accidents in walking or cycling to another school. >> Read on...

Media release 29 October 2006 - New Research Says School Closures Lower Student Results

Posted on Monday October 30, 2006

New research published in the UK last week, which shows that the majority of school closures lead to a decline in student results, calls into question the whole rationale of the Stanhope Government’s school closure and amalgamation plan. >> Read on...

Media release 19 October 2006 - Birth Figures Call School Closure Plan into Question

Posted on Thursday October 19, 2006

Nine of the 13 urban primary schools in Canberra proposed for closure are in suburbs where birth numbers have increased over the past 5 years. < >> Read on...

Independent Report Shows that the Govt. has Failed to Sustain a Case for School Closures

Posted on Wednesday October 18, 2006

A report prepared by an independent expert for the ACT P&C Council shows that the ACT Government has failed to sustain a case for its plan to close 39 schools and partially close five others. >> Read on...

Media Release 8 October 2006 - Low Income Students Do Better in Small Schools

Posted on Sunday October 8, 2006

A research report compiled by SOS Canberra shows that shows that students from low income families do better in small schools. >> Read on...

Media release 29 September 2006 - Minister Talks Down Impact of School Closures on Low Income Families

Posted on Sunday October 1, 2006

Save Our Schools Canberra has accused the Minister for Education of deliberately talking down the impact of his school closure plan on low income families. < >> Read on...

Media Release 17 September 2006 - Chief Minister Should Apologise to Indigenous Families on School Closures

Posted on Monday September 18, 2006

The Chief Minister should apologise for denying that his school closure plan will severely impact on Indigenous students and families and for his failure to consult with Indigenous communities on school closures. >> Read on...

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