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Posted: 6 June 2016
You can help ensure the Gonski message goes as far as possible in the final days before the federal election. All members and supporters of the needs-based school funding model are asked to participate in the final Gonski door-knock on June 19. A high number of volunteers will maximise the number of voters to be engaged in one-on-one conversations about the benefits of the model and what is at risk if the Turnbull government is re-elected.
Posted: 2 June 2016
The NSW Teachers Federation notes the appointment of Mark Scott as Secretary of the NSW Department of Education. On behalf of the teachers and principals of NSW public schools, Federation will be seeking the earliest opportunity to meet with Mr Scott to inform him of the current priorities and challenges facing the NSW public education system.
Posted: 1 June 2016
Rising inequality in schools funding drove bigger gaps in achievement between advantaged and disadvantaged schools between 2010 and 2015, a new Centre for Policy Development report shows. AEU Federal President Correna Haythorpe said Gonski funding was beginning to address funding inequalities "but two-thirds of the extra funding schools need comes in the last two years of Gonski — the years that Malcolm Turnbull plans to cut".
Posted: 30 May 2016
Federation President Maurie Mulheron will be urging voters to support candidates who back the full Gonski needs-based education funding model in a series of campaign events in the Blue Mountains today. A Gonski mobile billboard will be taking the message to teachers and parents at Springwood High School, Blackheath Public School and Katoomba Public School.
Posted: 27 May 2016
Investment in schools has an economic dividend for the nation, shadow treasurer Chris Bowen said in a debate against Treasurer Scott Morrison at the National Press Club earlier today. He showcased how the high school he attended — St John's Park — has used their improved funding under the Gonski model to invest in intensive support for its special education students as they transition into the workforce.
Posted: 26 May 2016
May 26 is National Sorry Day, commemorating and remembering the mistreatment of the Indigenous population throughout Australia’s history, particularly the Stolen Generations who were removed from their families, often forcibly.
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.

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