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NSW Government Agrees to Reform School Closure Procedures

Posted on Thursday March 24, 2016

The NSW Minister for Education has accepted the recommendations of a Parliamentary committee report to implement a genuine and transparent consultation approach on proposed school closures. >> Read on...

Closed for Learning: The Impact of School Closures on Students and Communities

Posted on Monday January 11, 2016

Closing public schools not only has a negative impact on student performance but also creates hardship for communities already struggling with disinvestment. Closing schools in the US is a vehicle for the privatization of education. >> Read on...

Case Studies in Consultation Failure on School Closures by the NSW Department of Education

Posted on Tuesday October 27, 2015

The report by the NSW Legislative Council Select Committee on the closure of public schools in NSW presented three detailed and damning case studies about the failure of the Department of Education to consult genuinely with school communities >> Read on...

NSW Department of Education Conducted a War Against Small Rural Schools

Posted on Monday October 26, 2015

The NSW Legislative Council report on the closure of public schools shows that the Department of Education conducted a war against small rural schools. Some 36 public schools have been closed under the Baird Government. >> Read on...

NSW Parliament Committee Slams Education Department on School Closures

Posted on Monday October 26, 2015

NSW Parliament report slams the high handed approach by the Department of Education to consultation about closing small schools. >> Read on...

Submission to NSW Legislative Council Inquiry into the Closure of Public Schools in New South Wales

Posted on Monday September 14, 2015

SOS submission to the NSW Parliament inquiry on school closures recommends that governments considering closing public schools should carefully analyse the educational, financial and social impact on students, their families and the general school community. It says that proposed school closures should be examined by an independent public inquiry process. >> Read on...

Closing Small Schools May be Ineffective and Inefficient

Posted on Monday November 24, 2014

An OECD review of studies of school size shows that small schools may provide better school outcomes for students, especially at the primary school level and for lower socio-economic status students, and that closing small schools is not as cost-effective as often assumed. >> Read on...

ACT Legislation Is A Model for Consultation on School Closures

Posted on Thursday June 30, 2011

The Tasmanian Greens Minister for Education should use the ACT legislation as a model for consulting on school closures. The legislation ensures an independent and open consultation on the full impact of school closures. >> Read on...

Save Our Schools Tasmania

Posted on Thursday June 30, 2011

Join the campaign against school closures in Tasmania. A rally will be held in Hobart on 7 July at 11am at Parliament House. >> Read on...

The Tasmanian Government’s Case to Close Schools is Threadbare

Posted on Tuesday June 28, 2011

The Tasmanian Government has failed to provide any evidence to support its claims that closing schools will lead to substantial savings and improve education. >> Read on...

Impact Statements on Tas. School Closures are a Farce

Posted on Friday June 24, 2011

The impact statements on school closures issued to school associations by the Tasmanian Minister for Education, Nick McKim, are farcical. They present a one-sided view of the impact of closing schools. They fail to assess the benefits of keeping schools open. < >> Read on...

ACT Government Policy Backflip on School Planning

Posted on Friday May 13, 2011

The funding of school expansions in the ACT Budget reveals that the Government has returned to a policy of meeting local demand for neighbourhood schools and is now prepared to expand schools in regions with excess capacity—previously it only wanted to close schools in such cases.< >> Read on...

Study Says that School Closures are Unlikely to Deliver Financial Savings and Education Improvement

Posted on Thursday May 5, 2011

A new study concludes that research evidence offers remarkable little support for the propositions that closing schools leads to financial savings or school improvement. Most often it harms school communities and the most vulnerable students and families. >> Read on...

Official Vandalism of Heritage School

Posted on Saturday April 30, 2011

Demolition crews have been caught ‘red-handed’ smashing and pulling down internal walls at the Flynn Primary School over the school holidays without a public development application and while heritage matters concerning the site are before the ACT Supreme Court >> Read on...

Stronger Requirements for Consideration of School Closure Proposals

Posted on Saturday June 26, 2010

Amendments to the ACT Education Act passed in the ACT Legislative Assembly should ensure a better consultation process around school closure proposals and ensure a much fuller analysis of the impact of proposed school closures. >> Read on...

Media Release 13 October 2009 - Flynn considers further action on school closures

Posted on Wednesday October 14, 2009

Following the scathing findings of the School Closure Inquiry, the Flynn Primary School Parents and Citizens Association is calling on the Greens to stand up for communities in the upcoming sittings of the Assembly, by supporting the re-opening of Flynn, Hall, Tharwa and Cook schools. >> Read on...

School Closure Report Fails to Deliver

Posted on Saturday September 19, 2009

The Education Committee of the ACT Legislative Assembly has delivered a weak-kneed report on school closures. It has failed to deliver a better process for considering school closure proposals in the future. It has dashed the hopes and expectations of many for a better approach. >> Read on...

Inquiry cop-out leaves cloud over Flynn

Posted on Friday September 18, 2009

The Flynn community welcomed today’s Education Standing Committee recommendation to re-open Hall and Tharwa primary schools but said the recommendation in regard to Flynn has put a cloud over Flynn’s future. >> Read on...

Media release 17 September 2009 - Hall community welcomes inquiry report

Posted on Friday September 18, 2009

Hall and district residents are delighted with the findings of the report on school closures by the Standing Committee on Education, Training and Youth Affairs tabled in the ACT Legislative Assembly this morning. >> Read on...

Looking Back at School Closure Issues in the ACT

Posted on Tuesday September 8, 2009

Convenor of Save Our Schools, Trevor Cobbold, delivered a paper on school mergers and closures to a forum in Adelaide on 3 September 2009 sponsored by the South Australian Branch of the Australian Education Union. >> Read on...

School Closures Questioned in South Australia

Posted on Tuesday September 8, 2009

Schools and preschools in South Australia are currently facing the greatest potential threat of closure and amalgamation ever seen in that State’s history. >> Read on...

School Closure Savings Figures are Outdated, Misleading and Not Believable

Posted on Wednesday August 12, 2009

The estimates of government savings from school closures during 2006-2008 presented to the Estimates Committee of the ACT Legislative Assembly recently are outdated, misleading and not believable. < >> Read on...

School Closures Under Challenge

Posted on Friday July 10, 2009

School closures continue to be a hot issue around Australia as communities question government programs to close schools and set up super schools. >> Read on...

School closures provide lessons in ‘how not to consult’

Posted on Saturday June 6, 2009

It was bittersweet news for suburban communities when the Chief Minister announced a consultation on how to consult, almost three years exactly after the Government began its infamous consultation on plans to close 23 government schools.< >> Read on...

SOS Presentation to the ACT Legislative Assembly Inquiry on School Closures

Posted on Thursday May 7, 2009

Statement by SOS Convenor, Trevor Cobbold, on 29 April to the Education Committee of the Legislative Assembly public hearing on the Towards 2020 school closure process. >> Read on...

Glasgow Save Our Schools Parents Stage Easter Sit-in Protest Over School Closures

Posted on Friday April 10, 2009

Parents at two Glasgow primary schools have staged a sit-in over Easter in protest about the schools being closed. >> Read on...

Most Children Attend Their Neighbourhood School

Posted on Wednesday November 15, 2006

The ACT Government’s own enrolment data refutes Government claims that the neighbourhood school is obsolete and that most students do not attend their local school. >> Read on...

FOI documents Show that School Closures will hit least-well-off Communities

Posted on Monday October 23, 2006

The Stanhope Government is ignoring the impact of school closures on the least well-off families in Canberra, despite being advised of this by its own Department of Education. >> Read on...

Editorial - Why No Cost-Benefit Study of Towards 2020?

Posted on Wednesday October 18, 2006

The ACT Government’s failure to do a cost-benefit study of the Towards 2020 Plan leads to the conclusion that that it had already made up its mind to close schools and did not want evidence to the contrary. >> Read on...

Conversion to Early Childhood Schools

Posted on Wednesday October 4, 2006

Towards 2020 proposes the conversion of five schools to early childhood schools that include pre-school to Years 3 or 4. This article examines the options for these schools and reflects on the past experience of “amalgamated” schools. >> Read on...

Media Release 28 September 2006 - Low Income Families Hit by School Closure Plan

Posted on Thursday September 28, 2006

Save Our Schools Canberra said today that low income families will be hit hard by the Stanhope Government’s school closure plan. with many of the schools listed for closure serve the least well-off communities in Canberra. >> Read on...

The neighbourhood school is critical for public education and the community

Posted on Wednesday September 27, 2006

The Towards 2020 plan to close 39 pre-schools and schools and to partially close 5 other schools is a serious threat to the equity goals of public education, effective provision of community services and the well-being of local communities. >> Read on...

Travel and environmental implications of school location

Posted on Wednesday September 27, 2006

A report published by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) shows that school location has a major influence on how children travel to school. >> Read on...

Safety Checklists for walking and cycling to school

Posted on Wednesday September 27, 2006

You can assess the safety of routes to a new school by using a Walking to School or Cycling to School Checklist. >> Read on...

Indigenous Students Will Be Disadvantaged by Mt. Neighbour PS Closure

Posted on Friday September 15, 2006

Closure of Mt Neighbour Primary School will mean the demise of a school community that has for decades embraced its indigenous students, their families and their culture. >> Read on...

Media Release 14 September 2006 - School Closure Plan Disadvantages Indigenous Families

Posted on Friday September 15, 2006

Save Our Schools Canberra has accused the Stanhope Government of disadvantaging Indigenous students and their families in its school closure plan with most of the schools with significant Indigenous enrolments on the list for full or partial closure. >> Read on...

Media Release 10 September 2006 - Call to Avoid Massive Disruption to Schools

Posted on Monday September 11, 2006

The Save Our Schools Canberra group today called on the ACT Government to urgently resolve the teachers’ dispute and initiate an inquiry into the financial and social impact of the Towards 2020 plan. >> Read on...

Student Transport an Issue for Tharwa Residents

Posted on Friday September 8, 2006

Primary school age children from Tharwa face long daily journeys to school, with ACTION buses unable to use the bridge into the town and with no plans to provide a service in any event >> Read on...

Incorrect Enrolment Figures for Melba High School

Posted on Friday September 8, 2006

Figures quoted in The Canberra Times for applications for Melba High School are incorrect. The true figure exceeds estimates in the Government’s 2020 document >> Read on...

Media Release 6 September 2006 - Figures Fail to Prove Minister’s Assertions

Posted on Thursday September 7, 2006

New high school application figures issued by the Minister for Education suggest that the threat of closure has had a major impact on the two high schools threatened with closure, contrary to earlier assertions by the Minister. >> Read on...

Media Release 5 September 2006 - SOS Calls for Full Enrolment Figures

Posted on Tuesday September 5, 2006

Save Our Schools Canberra has called on the Minister for Education, Andrew Barr, to release the full enrolment application figures for high schools in 2007 rather than the selective figures issued by the Minister >> Read on...

Education Council Alarmed at School Closures

Posted on Monday September 4, 2006

The peak public education advisory body to the ACT Government has expressed alarm at the extent and impact of school closures proposed in the Towards 2020 Plan. >> Read on...

Media Release 2 September 2006 - More Shonky Figures From the Minister?

Posted on Sunday September 3, 2006

Apparent enrolment increases in government high schools in the face of likely closures probably reflects the fact that parents were protecting their options by multiple enrolments at different high schools. >> Read on...

The Faces of Public Education - North-West Belconnen media event

Posted on Thursday August 31, 2006

North-West Belconnen schools are organising an event for the afternoon of Friday 8 September 2006. >> Read on...

Media Release 30 August 2006 - SOS Call for Public Inquiry on School Closures

Posted on Thursday August 31, 2006

Save Our Schools group has for a public inquiry to investigate the financial and social impact of the Towards 2020 Plan to close 39 schools because the consultation process has failed to address key issues required by legislation and has now become a farce. >> Read on...

No Educational Rationale for School Closures

Posted on Monday August 28, 2006

If improved educational outcomes are the test of the proposals to close 39 Canberra schools and preschools, then the Stanhope Goverment has failed totally.< >> Read on...

Teacher Cuts Undermine Public Education

Posted on Thursday August 17, 2006

A $12.5 million cut to teaching postions has forced teachers to take industrial action, says Clive Haggar from the Australian Education Union. >> Read on...

No Funding for Increased Student Bus Travel and Student Safety

Posted on Thursday August 17, 2006

The Stanhope Government has admitted that it has no plans in place to cope with increased bus travel by students as a result of school closures, nor to improve traffic safety measures for students walking or cycling long distances to and from school. >> Read on...

Media Release 13 August 2006 - Minister Fails to Meet Legal Obligations on School Closures Information

Posted on Sunday August 13, 2006

The failure of the Minister for Education, Andrew Barr, to provide parents with statements of reasons for schools being listed for closure has opened up the Government to legal action by parents and parent organisations. >> Read on...

Estimate Distance and Cost to Attend New School

Posted on Sunday August 13, 2006

An action item for parent groups preparing their case against their school being closed is to do an estimate of the increased distance their children will have to walk to another school in the region and the additional costs incurred by bus or car travel to other schools. >> Read on...

Do a ‘Safety Hazard Walk’

Posted on Sunday August 13, 2006

A way of highlighting Government neglect and incompetence in providing for student safety is for parent groups to organise a ‘safety hazard walk’ to other schools in the region. >> Read on...

Just for the Record - Other Broken Promises

Posted on Saturday August 12, 2006

A summary of broken promises by the Stanhope Government on schools and teacher numbers. >> Read on...

School Sites to be Sold - Another Broken Promise

Posted on Saturday August 12, 2006

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. >> Read on...

The Case for an Independent Public Inquiry on School Closures

Posted on Saturday August 5, 2006

Save our Schools Canberra has called for an independent public inquiry to do what the ACT Government has failed to do – a full cost-benefit analysis of the Towards 2020 Plan. >> Read on...

Media Release 4 August 2006 - More Signs of Government in Crisis

Posted on Saturday August 5, 2006

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. >> Read on...

Minister Refuses to Divulge Savings Figures

Posted on Friday August 4, 2006

The Education Minister, Andrew Barr, has refused to provide detailed data on school costs and savings for each individual school proposed for closure or amalgamation. >> Read on...

Media Release 31 July 2006 - Stanhope Government in Disarray

Posted on Tuesday August 1, 2006

Votes taken at the ACT Conference of the ALP over the weekend showed that the Stanhope Government was in total disarray over school closures. >> Read on...

August Action in the Assembly

Posted on Monday July 31, 2006

The next key period in the battle against Towards 2020 is the two sitting weeks of the Legislative Assembly in mid-August (15 – 17 August, 22 – 24 August). >> Read on...

Action in the aftermath of the ALP Branch Conference

Posted on Monday July 31, 2006

It is important that P&Cs and Save Our Schools committees continue to press their case to Labor members of the Legislative Assembly >> Read on...

Labor is Divided On School Closures

Posted on Monday July 31, 2006

The deep divisions in the Stanhope Goverment over school closures, as shown at the ALP Branch Conference, threatens the future of the Government. The Chief Minister has his head in the sand if he thinks otherwise. >> Read on...

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