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Posted: 23 May 2016
Teachers are volunteering to reach out to other teachers over what is at stake at the federal election for public education. Federation members are calling fellow members in marginal electorates about the major parties' position on funding for public education. The union hopes all members in key marginal electorates will be reached, to ensure they are aware of what is at stake on July 2:
Posted: 21 May 2016
Saturday, May 21 is Federation's Aboriginal Members Conference, which opened following an empassioned plea for focus and action on mental health and suicide rates among Indigenous communities. We're losing too many Aboriginal kids and parents to suicide, boxing champion and former NRL player Joe Williams told Federation's Friday Forum, held the night before the Aboriginal Members Conference.
Posted: 18 May 2016
New analysis of the most recent My School funding data shows how inequitable funding was before 2014, when Gonski needs-based funding was phased in. The Gonski model is about additional resources targeted to where they are needed, which will slowly close the gap between advantaged and disadvantaged students.
Posted: 16 May 2016
Voters in several marginal federal electorates will see the Gonski message pass before their eyes in coming days.
Posted: 16 May 2016
More than 150 schools have already downloaded the Gayby Baby School Action Toolkit launched for NSW schools at Federation House.
Posted: 13 May 2016
Education in prisons is essential in reducing recidivism and breaking the cycle of poverty and crime. Up until now educational services have been provided in NSW gaols by highly qualified, experienced publicly-employed teachers. In a shock move, the NSW Baird Government has dismissed the teaching workforce with a plan to have clerks, who will not necessarily be required to have any teaching qualifications, take over the teaching of inmates.
Posted: 13 May 2016
A suite of resources prepared by Unions NSW is available to encourage Aboriginal Members to enrol and vote in this important election. Some of the resources feature Federation members and activists sharing personal stories about the importance of voting. Please read and share these resources among Aboriginal Members and communities.
Posted: 12 May 2016
IDAHOT is a global awareness day aimed at drawing people’s attention to the discrimination still faced by same sex-attracted and gender-diverse people and to highlight LGBTIQ rights work worldwide.  
Posted: 11 May 2016
The TAFE Commission of NSW will have to return to the negotiation table over an enterprise agreement for TAFE teachers and related employees after its proposal was overwhelmingly rejected by employees. Ninety one per cent of ballots cast were NO votes — employees rejecting the most significant attack on the working conditions in decades and the undermining of the quality of TAFE educational delivery.
Posted: 11 May 2016
Education funding is listed as number one in a Sydney Morning Herald article pinpointing "Eight issues guaranteed to define" the federal election campaign "(and four that could)".
Posted: 11 May 2016
Voters can see how much additional funding will be spent schools in their electorate in 2018 and 2019 under an ALP government, according to a report released on Tuesday. Federation welcomes the picture the ALP figures draw for needs-based school funding.
Posted: 11 May 2016
Federation has filed its evidence for the arbitration of the dispute relating to the employment of school psychologists. Arbitration will take place in the NSW Industrial Relations Commission June 21, 22 and 28, over the Department of Education's proposal that the positions of school counsellor and school psychologist will be interchangeable parts of the “School Counselling Service”.
Posted: 10 May 2016
The Baird Government’s decision to privatise prison education services will cost jobs and leave prisoners unable to access proper literacy and numeracy courses that they so desperately need. More than 150 teachers employed in the NSW prison system are being made redundant with their jobs being taken over by clerks.
Posted: 9 May 2016
A new door-knock action is being organised to convey the Gonski message to individual voters in targeted electorates.
Posted: 6 May 2016
Education and training are missing from the Turnbull government's plan for jobs and growth in the federal budget 2016-17 overview. There is "no integrated comprehensive long-term plan linking jobs, growth, innovation and productivity with education, training and skills development", analysis by the AEU says.
Posted: 5 May 2016
The principals and teachers of public schools in New South Wales are profoundly disappointed by the Federal Government’s budget decision not to fund the NSW National Education Reform Agreement (the Gonski agreement).
Posted: 4 May 2016
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has found money for tax cuts for high income earners, yet is unable to find money to properly fund our schools, AEU Federal President Correna Haythorpe said in response to the federal budget announced last night.
Posted: 3 May 2016
The death of Greens MLC John Kaye is a great loss to public education and other social justice campaigning, Federation President Maurie Mulheron said today. "John advocated in support of many public education campaigns," Mr Mulheron said. Today Federation Executive moved a motion of condolence for Mr Kaye, who died on Monday night. Mr Kaye introduced many motions to the Upper House in support of public schools and TAFE funding.
Posted: 3 May 2016
A huge 14 million voter shares were cast in favour of a resolution calling on the world's largest education company, Pearson PLC, to review its strategy of commercialising education including its support of high-stakes testing and low-fee private schools.
Posted: 2 May 2016
Gonski supporters and TAFE activists ensured that education funding issues were given prominence at May Day events over the weekend.

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