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When commercialisation meets education: scripted lessons

The challenge to reverse the growing commercialisation and privatisation of education requires solidarity across nations, Education International project director Angelo Gavrielatos told Federation’s 20th Aboriginal Members Conference on Saturday.

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More than half of students with disability missing out on funded support, according to government figures

Figures from the 2016 Nationally Consistent Collection of Data confirm there is a crisis in disability education in Australia, said AEU Federal President Correna Haythorpe in a media release on Saturday. “This annual census shows 469,000 students have a disability or learning difficulty but schools are only receiving funding to support 200,000 students with disability,” Ms Haythorpe said.

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Turnbull’s cuts agenda failed to convince State Ministers

Parents, school communities and state ministers remain united in their fight against Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s agenda of education cuts that will see students miss out on $3.2 billion in funding in 2018 and 2019, the Australian Education Union said in a media release today. Today’s COAG Education Council meeting was a farce, aimed at giving states the illusion of consultation, in an attempt to railroad states to agree on a flawed plan, the federal union said.

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Dramatic intervention on school funding

In an unprecedented move, the head of NSW public education has been compelled to urgently write today to every public school principal in the state, instructing them not to rely upon or trust the funding figures released by the Turnbull Government.

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Data shows NSW public schools to lose millions under Turnbull funding plan

NSW public schools will lose $846 million under the Turnbull government’s plan for school funding, Acting Federation President Gary Zadkovich said today.

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Federal Budget robs NSW public school students of proper support

Last night’s federal Budget confirms the Turnbull government intends to abandon genuine needs-based schools funding, Federation Acting President Joan Lemaire said today. Under the six-year National Education Reform Agreement (NERA) signed between Commonwealth and NSW in 2013, all NSW public schools would have achieved the Schooling Resource Standard by 2019, but the Turnbull government’s plan to dishonour the Gonski agreement and spread less money over 10 years means schools might never meet the standard and will remain under-resourced.

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Birmingham admits new plan won’t give all students the resources they need

Education Minister Simon Birmingham has admitted that there is no guarantee schools will reach the Schooling Resource Standard under the Turnbull government’s new funding model, the Australian Education Union (AEU) charged today. Mr Birmingham’s comment yesterday that how the states managed their share of education funding was up to them showed the federal government has effectively abandoned the most disadvantaged schools and is “pursuing equity between states at the expense of equity for students”, the AEU said.

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Voters prefer Gonski to ‘out of touch’ Turnbull’s company tax cuts

Voters want next week’s federal Budget to fund Gonski in full rather than see Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull gifting business with tax cuts, the Australian Education Union (AEU) said today, citing a new survey of 20 marginal seats. The polling, which shows 71 per cent of respondents see Mr Turnbull as being out of touch with their concerns, reinforces the AEU’s condemnation of the federal government’s announcement this week to leave schools $2 billion worse off in 2018-19 by not funding Gonski in full. Voters strongly supported increasing resources for schools.

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Turnbull schools funding plan denies learning opportunities to NSW children

Every year that schools are not funded to the minimum resource standard students will be denied the opportunity to reach their potential, Federation Acting President Joan Lemaire said today. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull yesterday announced a 10-year funding plan that would effectively prevent all schools reaching the minimum schooling resource standard. If the Turnbull government fully funded its part of the six-year Gonski agreements signed with several state and territory governments, all schools would reach this standard by 2019.

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The campaign is working! We must keep the pressure on Turnbull

Today’s announcement by the Federal government tells us that our schools funding campaign has been having a significant impact. It is now more important than ever to keep the pressure on the federal government to deliver the existing funding commitments. Tonight’s tweetathon is a vital chance to tell Malcolm Turnbull that he must deliver on current funding agreements. We need everyone to get on twitter tonight between 6:30 and 8:30pm, tag @turnbullmalcolm, and tell him that he must deliver the current schools funding agreements, now!

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The campaign is working! We must keep the pressure on Turnbull

Today’s announcement by the Federal government tells us that our schools funding campaign has been having a significant impact. It is now more important than ever to keep the pressure on the federal government to deliver the existing funding commitments. Tonight’s tweetathon is a vital chance to tell Malcolm Turnbull that he must deliver on current funding agreements. We need everyone to get on twitter tonight between 6:30 and 8:30pm, tag @turnbullmalcolm, and tell him that he must deliver the current schools funding agreements, now!

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May Day is an opportunity to commit to solidarity on workers’ rights

​Today — May 1— is May Day: an opportunity to remember the hard-won fight by workers and the union movement to secure the eight hour working day and resolve to improve workers’ conditions for the future.

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May 2 a day of Gonski action as campaign heats up prior to federal budget

With the federal budget due on May 9, and education minister Simon Birmingham scheduled to make an announcement about schools funding on May 4, the Gonski campaign continues to take the message of fair schools funding to the public.

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Federation seeks clarification on Safe Schools

Federation is writing to the NSW Education Minister, Rob Stokes, to request more information about the decision to drop the Safe Schools program from NSW schools. In an announcement made over the Easter long weekend, Minister Stokes announced that once federal funding for the program runs out later this year, the state government would not continue to support the program, and would replace it with a new anti-bullying strategy.

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NSW Education Minister speaks out for Gonski

NSW Education Minister Rob Stokes will continue to fight “very, very strongly” for the Federal Government to honour its obligation to fund the final two years of the NSW Gonski agreement, ABC Radio reported today ahead of the Education Council meeting in Hobart. Mr Stokes said: “We have a bi-lateral agreement and have met our obligations and we will be insisting the Commonwealth does likewise.”

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Premier urged to demand that Federal Government fully funds Gonski agreement

The NSW Public Education Alliance has appealed to the NSW Premier to reject alternatives to the Gonski schools funding model. The Alliance comprises the organisations representing the parents, citizens, principals and teachers of NSW public schools. In a letter sent to the Premier yesterday, the Alliance asks Ms Berejiklian to act on her supportive public statements about securing the Gonski needs-based funding model, and demand that the Federal Government honour its obligations under the NSW Gonski agreement.

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Voters reminded of the effects of TAFE funding cuts on their community

Central Coast voters are being reminded of the negative impacts the NSW Coalition’s funding cuts to TAFE are having on locals, before they cast their vote in the Gosford by-election on Saturday. The Liberal-Nationals’ Smart and Skilled privatisation policy forces TAFE to compete with private vocational education and training providers for much of its funding — the result being reduced government funding for TAFE.

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NSW Parliament Stands up for Gonski

The campaign for the fair, equitable schools funding offered by the Gonski model has enjoyed strong support in NSW – and support that crosses party lines. In recent weeks, members of NSW parliament have renewed their support for Gonski funding, and the great work the funding is facilitating in NSW schools to lift student outcomes.

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Support for members affected by natural disaster

On Tuesday, 4 April, Federation Executive authorised a number of financial support options for members affected by the recent floods. “Federation offers its support to affected members and their families at this time,” Acting General Secretary David Wynne said in an email sent to members in affected areas. The email provided details of the following assistance to members directly affected by natural disasters:

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New ACTU leader gives a Gonski

New ACTU Secretary Sally McManus gave her support for the campaign to secure six years of the Gonski needs-based schools funding model when she addressed Federation’s March Council meeting this morning.

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