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Federal Government Review of Funding for Schooling

posted 21 Mar 2011, 20:21 by Canteen Waverley P&C   [ updated 21 Mar 2011, 20:28 by Webmaster Waverley P&C ]
The federal goverment is currently conducting a review into school funding. It is the first time since 1973 that such a review has been conducted. Their website has details on the Terms of Reference etc - http://www.deewr.gov.au/Schooling/ReviewofFunding/Pages/default.aspx. They are seeking submissions on school funding from schools, teachers and individuals (parents).
 
The Australian Education Union also has a website - http://inquiry.forourfuture.org.au/ - aimed at increasing resources for public education. As well as being able to lodge submissions through them to the review, you can also add your name, online, to the following petition
 
We, the undersigned citizens, call on Australian governments to ensure the right of every child to have access to a well resourced, high quality public school in their local community. This means providing sufficient qualified teachers and allied staff to meet the needs of individual students, a broad curriculum of the highest quality and a safe, modern 21st century learning environment. Only by properly funding public schools can governments guarantee equal opportunity for all children to achieve their potential in education.

The P&C believe it is vital that government school systems are adequately funded. The level of funding provided by governments determines class size, teaching time, and the school’s capacity to provide intensive teaching in smaller groups and specialist assistance to under-achieving students. Its level of funding also affects the school’s physical environment and its materials and equipment for teaching and learning. As such the P&C has elected to make a submission to the review, if you would like to view the draft and provide any comments for the submission please email Kathryn at kathmrobj@aim.com.  As the submission is due 31 March, any feedback will need to be received by early next week. Please also consider providing your own submission and signing the petition above on the AEU website.
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