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Stand united for high-quality public education

We are at a crucial juncture in the fight for the provision of high-quality public education in NSW. The salary

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Government on notice: it will be held to its commitments!

It was prescient that Minister Prue Car should thank The Hon Dr Geoff Gallop in her speech at our recent

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EAL/D students deserve better from government

If the Department of Education is committed to its Multicultural Education Policy, it must act to fill outstanding English as an Additional Language or Dialect (EAL/D) teacher vacancies, create additional permanent positions to address the rising numbers of EAL/D and refugee students

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NSW schools will need 11,000 teachers as enrolments soar

NSW must recruit 11,000 teachers just to meet the record number of public school enrolments predicted over the next decade, a new report has found.

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New federal campaign set to make public education funding a top election issue

Teachers and principals have had enough of federal political parties failing to take their share of responsibility for public school funding and intend to make it a major issue at the next election, Federation President Angelo Gavrielatos said today.

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Private school funding shows ‘neglect’ of public students

A new report has shown that federal funding for private schools continues to grow at a faster rate than for public schools.

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Private schools continue to benefit from special deal

​New details have emerged confirming the NSW Government has been spending hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars helping private schools pay off loans as part of a subsidy scheme that was supposed to have been shut down more than a decade ago.

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Funding needed to address inequality

​A new study has provided further evidence of the deep inequality entrenched across Australia’s education system.

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Equity funding and principal release under threat

2020 is the second year that small schools have received additional teaching principal release time.

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Report reveals funding crisis for public schools

New analysis of ACARA data shows the funding gap between public and private schools has widened under the Morrison Government’s funding legislation and special deals for private schools.

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Boom in enrolments unmatched by funding

A Productivity Commission report shows total government funding to NSW private schools increased by 32 per cent while equivalent funding for public schools increased by only 11.8 per cent between 2008-09 and 2017-18; almost three times as much.

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Media release: Government-fuelled largesse – it’s obscene

Federation President Angelo Gavrielatos says revelations of the “billion dollar private school building boom” further expose defenceless funding priorities of state and federal governments.

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Media release: Morrison’s gifts to private schools now valued at almost $5 billion – public schools get nothing

Today’s announcement by the Morrison Government has confirmed the Federal Government’s special deals with private schools have reached almost $5 billion, while public schools get nothing.

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Campaign goes on…

For decades, school funding has been an area of contested policy between governments. This year was to be the final year of the original “Gonski agreements”.

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Drought package bypasses government schools

Public schools have again been neglected by the Morrison Government — this time in its drought package.

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2019 campaign priorities

The campaign priorities outlined here are by no means an exhaustive list nor are they necessarily in any particular order. Rather, these are the major issues, determined by members at Federation’s democratic decision-making forums, that we will continue to campaign for in the forthcoming elections, and beyond.

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Fair Funding Now! campaign to hit the road

In early 2019, the Fair Funding Now! campaign will embark on a national van tour aimed at highlighting the differences between the major parties when it comes to schools funding.

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Schools funding conversations with parents urgent

​The best chance of achieving the objectives of the schools funding campaign is for Federation members to speak to parents in their school community on return to school,Federation President Maurie Mulheron told Annual Conference.

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Training course seeks to engage wider community

​As a part of the Fair Funding Now campaign, Federation has conducted six targeted campaign training days involving Federation Representatives, parents and principals in the key electorates of Banks, Gilmore, Page and Robertson.

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Startling figures support funding campaign

​A national report that shows the declining performance of our most disadvantaged school students will cost the country at least $120 billion in coming decades, reinforced Federation’s campaign for fairer public school funding, President Maurie Mulheron said.

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Proficient and committed

I am writing this in a hotel room in Canberra having spent the day wandering the corridors of Parliament House, accompanied by parents and teachers, dropping in on politicians to argue for a fairer funding model for public schools. It’s a quiet room and as the sun sets, I’m reflecting on the past 40 years.

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