The public education advocacy group, Save Our Schools, says that the Federal Government has deceived the public about the introduction of school league tables.
Save Our Schools today congratulated the ACT Government on its new-found commitment to small schools.
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.
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.
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”.
Save Our Schools, has called on the Education Minister, Julia Gillard, to release details of her controversial school performance reporting plan.
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.
Save Our Schools has called on the ACT Government to clarify its position on the sell-off of closed school sites.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Save Our Schools has accused the Stanhope Government of cutting funding to government schools in real terms in its latest Budget. <
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.
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.
The Stanhope Government stands accused of of actively promoting the drift of enrolments 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.
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
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.
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. <
Save Our Schools today called on the Minister for Education to extend the consultation period on the proposed ACT Schools Standards Authority.
Save Our Schools today called for a major effort to lift school outcomes for disadvantaged students in the ACT.
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.
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.<
Save Our Schools has called on the Rudd Government to reduce the achievement gap in education outcomes in Australia.
Media Release 14 October 2007 - Hargreaves pre-empts school sales, ‘shoots messenger’ and ignores ‘mandate’ to save schoolsPosted on Sunday October 14, 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.
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.<
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.<
Save Our Schools today accused the ACT Government of deception about its new early childhood education policy.
Save Our Schools today condemned the ACT Government for cutting short the public consultation on the future of closed school sites.
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.
Save Our Schools today accused the ACT Government of perpetrating a financial scam in closing schools and cutting teachers.
A new US report calls into question the new testing regime announced last week by the Federal Minister for Education
Canberra’s government secondary schools have lost much of their advantage over private schools in terms of their lower student/teacher ratio.
Save Our Schools has called on the ACT Government to use part of its Budget surplus to improve student outcomes.
Save Our Schools says that the Budget is all ‘bricks and mortar’ and fails to address student learning needs in government schools.
Save Our Schools has accused the ACT Government of financial duplicity over its school closure program.
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.
Media Release 13 May 2007 - Howard Government Encourages Cheating, Poaching and Discrimination by SchoolsPosted on Sunday May 13, 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.
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.
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.
Save Our Schools today called on the ACT Government to retain closed school sites for community use and possible re-opening. <
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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. <
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.
A research report compiled by SOS Canberra shows that shows that students from low income families do better in small schools.
Media release 29 September 2006 - Minister Talks Down Impact of School Closures on Low Income FamiliesPosted on Saturday September 30, 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. <
Media Release 17 September 2006 - Chief Minister Should Apologise to Indigenous Families on School ClosuresPosted on Sunday September 17, 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.