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Posted: 15 October 2005
By Carol Fisher Acting Federal Aboriginal Education Officer Over the past couple of years, the AEU has been working on the "Indigenous Studies for Teachers" Campaign to ensure that all teachers employed in government schools in Australia should complete a comprehensive sequence of Indigenous studies as a minimum requirement for their employment.
Posted: 13 October 2005
A Sky Channel meeting of all members is scheduled for 9.00am Wednesday, 26 October 2005. The purpose of this Sky Channel is to, after hearing reports about negotiations,: Either 1. Consider a salaries offer from the State Government or 2. Consider a plan of action in the absence of an acceptable offer The State Government must act now if the new award is to be ready with the first payment from 1 January 2006.
Posted: 5 October 2005
By Educational International The celebration of teachers and education personnel every year on 5 October was launched in 1994 by Education International and UNESCO. World Teachers' Day provides a unique opportunity to draw public attention to the important role of teachers in the society.
Posted: 30 September 2005
Not contract employment By Maree O'Halloran President of the NSW Teachers Federation Many permanent full time TAFE teachers are close to retirement and will leave TAFE in the near future. The loss of these teachers will be a serious problem because with them goes a lot of skill, knowledge and experience.
Posted: 30 September 2005
While Brendan Nelson is calling for American style devolution in Australian schools, CNN is reporting on the slide in American schools' international rankings. A story on CNN's website reports "The United States is losing ground in education, as peers across the globe zoom by with bigger gains in student achievement and school graduations..." American public schools have highly devolved management structures with local school boards, local hiring and firing, charter schools and school vouchers.
Posted: 29 September 2005
By Maree O�Halloran President of the NSW Teachers Federation Strong local public schools are needed in every community. Every parent and child in Australia should be entitled to the choice of a strong, public school in their local area. Various proposals floated at the "Schooling for the 21st Century" Conference at Sydney University yesterday and today by Allan Fels, Barry McGaw and others could, if implemented, result in parents losing that important choice.
Posted: 28 September 2005
Workplace Changes A Threat To Australian Way Of Life By ACTU The Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU)has launched its second round of television advertising to highlight the impact the Federal Government's proposed changes to the Workplace Relations Act will have on working families.
Posted: 22 September 2005
Human rights education survey By Diane Hague Media and Communications Officer Amnesty International is developing a human rights education strategy and wants the input of teachers. Amnesty has posted a survey online at The Amnesty web-site. Teachers who respond to the survey before Sunday 9 October 2005 will go into the running to receive a range of prizes from the Amnesty shop.
Posted: 22 September 2005
Registrations still available Vacancies still exist for the Teachers and the Law conference to be held on the 14th and 15th October. The Department of Education and Training and the NSW Teachers Federation are jointly organising this conference .The conference is targeted at teachers (including head teachers, principals and TAFE campus management) in government schools and NSW TAFE.
Posted: 19 September 2005
Nominations are called for: Branch Councillor (34) Written nominations which, comply with the Rules of the Organisation must reach me not later than 12:00 noon on Monday, 17 October 2005. Nomination forms are available from me or the Union's office, on request. HOW TO LODGE NOMINATIONS By Post: PO Box 529 Haymarket NSW 1239 By Fax: (02) 9212 7336 By Hand: Australian Electoral Commission  Level 3, Roden Cutler House  24-28 Campbell Street  Haymarket NSW 2000
Posted: 13 September 2005
The Teachers Federation is reactivating online polling and will conduct a number of online polls about issues of concern to members in the next few weeks. The first poll is about teacher shortages and the Federation is seeking information on teacher shortages in schools by way of a poll and survey concerning teachers teaching outside their subject areas. This information is being collected for use in the media as part of Federation's salaries campaign.
Posted: 13 September 2005
Candidates quizzed on education policies By David Ferguson Organiser In the lead up to Saturday's Marrickville by-election, the Federation's Inner City Teachers Association has asked the candidates about their views and policies on public education. Professor Tony Vinson in the audit of his inquiry, launched on 19 May 2005, identified a number of priority areas necessary for the immediate enhancement of public education. The report calls for significantly increased funding for:
Posted: 8 September 2005
Seeks meeting with Premier By Diane Hague Media and Communications Officer The Public Education Alliance has sought a meeting with Morris Iemma, Premier, to discuss the major issues facing public education and the NSW government.
Posted: 8 September 2005
By Diane Hague Media and Communications Officer On Friday, 2 September 2005 the Department of Education and Training announced that certain Special Education classes would be abolished and others collapsed in 2006. These reductions are a consequence of the failure of the NSW Government to fully fund the allocation of Teachers Aides (Special) to all Special Education classes.
Posted: 8 September 2005
Minister approves plan for school's library facilities By Diane Hague Media and Communications Officer Rooty Hill High School teachers voted today to postpone their industrial action, scheduled for Monday 12 September. Carmel Tebbutt, the Minister for Education and Training has written to the school confirming that funding has been approved to allow the development of a plan to improve library facilities at the school.
Posted: 7 September 2005
Plan welcomed by the NSW Teachers Federation By Diane Hague Media and Communications Officer Today the State Government launched the Schools in Partnership Plan to help improve educational outcomes for Aboriginal students. The NSW Teachers Federation welcomes the Schools in Partnership Plan announced by the Premier on 7 September 2005. This Plan will assist in promoting better educational outcomes for Aboriginal students in NSW.
Posted: 5 September 2005
By Diane Hague Media & Communications Officer At the close of nominations the State Electoral Office has declared the candidates for the Presidential officers elected unopposed. The nominations have closed for the NSW Teachers Federation Presidential Officers elections for the 2006 to 2007 calendar years. At the close of nominations the State Electoral Office has declared the following candidates elected unopposed:
Posted: 2 September 2005
By Nicole Calnan NSW Teachers Federation Senior Vice President, Angelo Gavrielatos said today; 'The NSW Teachers Federation welcomes the announcement by the NSW government that the Priority Action Schools Program will be maintained.' "The $16 million in recurrent funding has secured the continuation of the PAS program, ending the uncertainty which has plagued the program since its inception.
Posted: 1 September 2005
Teachers at Rooty Hill High School have voted to take industrial action to get a purpose built library for their students. The action has been endorsed by parents as part of a long campaign to secure funding for the library. NSW Teachers Federation Representative at Rooty Hill High School Dean Newbold, said today, "For 43 years the students of Rooty Hill High School have been without a proper library, and we will not rest until we have ensured that our students will have the best library facilities available.
Posted: 31 August 2005
Campaign Begins By Nicole Calnan A month long program of action commenced this morning at a public meeting held at Briar Road Public School. "The campaign in support of the 32 000 students who have benefited from the highly successful Priority Action Schools Program is about to intensify", Angelo Gavrielatos, Senior Vice President, said today.
Posted: 31 August 2005
Subsidising the yawning gap between rich and poor in the education sector is immoral, writes Lyndsay Connors in today's Sydney Morning Herald. The fact that Ascham, an eastern suburbs, private, high-fee, girls' school has recruited its latest principal from the executive ranks of the public school system made the news in yesterday's Herald. This is a harbinger of moves to come, with many experienced school leaders and teachers in the public and non-government schools now moving towards retirement.
Posted: 30 August 2005
Some Regions of the DET provided the names of schools without first asking them if they agreed to be included in the trial of ESSA. The Year 8 Essential Secondary Science Assessment (ESSA), announced by Bob Carr in April this year, is to be trialled in around 100 schools on 6 December. In order to achieve a balanced cross-section of schools to trial the test, the DET's Measurement Directorate asked each of the Regions to provide a list of 10 schools to participate.
Posted: 30 August 2005
By Kathy Deacon Organiser Over 200 people attended the public Forum, ESL provision in NSW Public Schools, held at Bankstown Girls High School on Monday 29th August. The forum was supported by the three Principal organisations; the Primary Principals Association, the Public School Principals Forum and the Secondary Principals Council and also the P & C Association.
Posted: 29 August 2005
By Nicole Calnan "Over 40 000 students in need of English as a Second Language (ESL) assistance are unable to receive the support and assistance they need," Angelo Gavrielatos, Senior Vice President of the NSW Teachers Federation said today. A public meeting will be held Monday 29th August 4pm, at Bankstown Girls High School, to discuss the provision of ESL to students in NSW public schools.
Posted: 24 August 2005
Before the State Election in 2003, the NSW Government made a commitment to retain and enhance the Priority Schools Funding Program (formerly the Disadvantaged Schools Program), retain the Priority Action Schools Program and establish the Priority Schools Help Program, thereby establishing a three tiered approach to equity programs.

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