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SCHOOL CLOSURES
Up to 48 schools in Minister's sights
Michael Ferguson website, 31 Jan 2012
Opposition education spokesman Michael Ferguson says up to 48 schools could be considered for closure...

SCHOOL CLOSURES
Small schools might have to fight
The Mercury, 31 Jan 2012
The school viability report recommends that an enrolment of 100 students in rural primary schools be the starting point for closure consideration...
(See also page 38 of the report.)

SCHOOL CLOSURES
Review boundary zones, says report
ABC News, 31 Jan 2012
The report of the School Viability Reference Group recommendations include reviewing school boundary zones...

SCHOOL CLOSURES
SCHOOL CLOSURES REPORT RELEASED
Tas Govt media release, 31 Jan 2012
Minister for education and skills Nick McKim released the School Viability reference group report today...
- DoE School Viability Ministerial Report web page
- Download the report [pdf 3MB]

STUDENT BUS TRANSPORT
New student bus travel arrangements
Tas Govt media release, 31 Jan 2012
Students using fare charging bus services other than Tassielink and Merseylink need to use a student Greencard from this year, Minister for Sustainable Transport Nick McKim said today...

SCHOOL CLOSURES
Closures report will back delay
The Examiner, 31 Jan 2012
The Examiner understands the report of the School Viability Reference Group, due today, recommends two to three years of community consultation before a school is closed or amalgamated.
The report apparently gives the following as criteria for possible closure:
- a small number of students
- declining enrolment
- high running costs
- lower-than-expected student results
- where there is an alternative. ...

SCHOOL CLOSURES
Recommendations not unanimous
The Advocate, 31 Jan 2012
Members of the School Viability reference group could not always unanimously agree on recommendations, Tasmanian State Schools Parents and friends president Jenny Grossmith says...

SCHOOL CLOSURES
Budget target the purpose, not student outcomes
Michael Ferguson website, 30 Jan 2012
School closures will save money at the expense of rural and regional communities, opposition education spokesman Michael Ferguson says...

RETENTION RATES
Retention improves
Tas Govt media release, 30 Jan 2012
The retention of students to Year 12 has improved, the Minister for Education, Nick McKim, said today...

SCHOOL ASSESSMENT DATA
Qld premier releases school performance info after promise not to
Courier Mail, 30 Jan 2012
Queensland teachers have boycotted the collection of school audit data this week after premier Anna Bligh broke a departmental promise and released information about individual government schools based on 2010 and 2011 data...
- See performance information for individual schools [pdf]

SCHOOL CLOSURES
School closures certain
ABC News, 30 Jan 2012
Premier Lara Giddings has asserted that school closures will go ahead...

LITERACY AND NUMERACY FUNDING
No-one seems to know what works
SMH, 30 Jan 2012
The NSW Minister for Education says that a review of up to 30 programs undertaken by the former director-general of education shows that little is known about which programs work best to improve literacy and numeracy...

SCHOOL CLOSURES
School closure report imminent
The Mercury, 30 Jan 2012
The School Viability Reference Group's report is due to be handed to the education minister tomorrow...

TCE RESULTS
Long wait for TCE results
The Mercury, 30 Jan 2012
Complete Tasmanian Certificate of Education results for schools will be released about April...

PRIVATE SCHOOL FEES
Private school fees to rise
The Mercury, 30 Jan 2012
Tasmanian private school fees are set to rise by about 5 per cent..

SCHOOL CLOSURES
Fight for survival coming
The Examiner, 30 Jan 2012
Opposition education spokesman Michael Ferguson says the 20 schools on the original school closure hit list will have to fight again once the School Viability Reference Group's report is handed in...

SCHOOL FINANCES
School budgets under pressure
The Mercury, 29 Jan 2012
The AEU says increases in electricity costs and other costs associated with new school buildings will not be covered in the coming year, and the Tasmanian Principals Association's president, David raw, says some schools will be worse off than others but schools should be able to get by...

PARENTS AND TAX
Parents missing out on tax rebate
The Mercury, 29 Jan 2012
As many as 20,000 Tasmanian students' parents are not claiming the federal government's Education Tax Refund...
- Education Tax Refund (ATO)

NATIONAL TESTING
Why is Australia trailing our neighbours in education?
SMH, 28 Jan 2012
This report by Anna Patty revisits recent education reports to identify factors that explain why and how Australian students are falling behind their counterparts in other countries...

FOUR TERM YEAR
AEU opposing four term year
ABC News, 28 Jan 2012
The Australian Education Union is opposing changes being made to the school year but Parliamentary Secretary to the Education Minister, Paul O'Halloran, cannot say whether this action in the Tasmanian Industrial Commission will delay the switch to a four-term year due in 2013...

FOUR TERM YEAR
Four term year dispute looms
The Mercury, 28 Jan 2012
The AEU says there is no evidence the change to a four term year will be of benefit to students and it would not be a proper process for the Tasmanian Industrial Commission to make a simple declaration that teachers would change from three blocks of holidays to four ...

SCHOOL CLOSURES
Closures improve outcomes
The Mercury, 28 Jan 2012
Premier Lara Giddings says school closures or amalgamations improve educational outcomes...

SCHOOL CLOSURES
Rural schools worried
The Examiner, 28 Jan 2012
Parents and Friends senior vice-president Jenny Eddington says rural schools are concerned the impending report of the School Viability Reference Group could base school closures on enrolments alone...

EDUCATIONAL ADMINISTRATION
New general manager for North
The examiner, 28 Jan 2012
Laurie Andrew is the new general manager for Learning Services North ...

EXTENSION TO YEARS 11 AND 12
Numbers prediction  is a contradiction
Michael Ferguson website, 27 Jan 2012
In the continuing debate over extending high schools to year 12, Opposition education spokesman Michael Ferguson says acting education minister Brian Wightman is contradicting himself when he forecasts that the Tasmanian school population will fall yet argues high schools will not cope with catering for years 11 and 12 ...

SCHOOL CLOSURES
Government will blame closure group, say Libs
The Mercury, 26 Jan 2012
Opposition education spokesman Michael Ferguson predicts the government will blame the School Viability Reference Group for rural schools being closed instead of taking responsibility itself, but acting education minister Brian Wightman says the Opposition is wildly guessing the contents of the group's forthcoming report...

US EDUCATION POLICY
Obama promises support for teachers
Washington Post (blog), 24 Jan 2012
US President Obama's education improvements, delivered in his State of the Union speech, include giving schools the flexibility to enable teachers to stop teaching to the test. [A veiled admission that pitting schools and teachers against each other through national testing operates against students' overall education perhaps?]...

SCHOOL CLOSURES
School closure report very soon
The Mercury, 25 Jan 2012
Royce Fairbrother's School Viability Reference Group is due to hand in its report on closing schools by Tuesday next week ...

NATIONAL TESTING
Tasmania's literacy and numeracy results poor
ABC News, 24 Jan 2012
AEU president Leanne Wright says that state budget cuts are certainly not needed when NAPLAN literacy and numeracy testing shows Tasmanian students are performing below the national average and Tasmania is the most socio-economically disadvantaged state...

NATIONAL TESTING, SCHOOL CLOSURES
NAPLAN results spark close schools call
The Mercury, 24 Jan 2012
Economist Saul Eslake says inadequate literacy improvement in Tasmania means schools should be closed but Premier Lara Giddings says literacy efforts will take time to show ...

NATIONAL TESTING
Children's NAPLAN results related to parents' education level
SMH, 24 Jan 2012
The latest NAPLAN results show that the children of parents who did not complete year 12 are considerably more likely to achieve results below the national minimum standard ...

NATIONAL TESTING
Best Australian students doing worse
SMH, 24 Jan 2012
Australia's top students are not doing as well as in previous years, the latest NAPLAN results show...

NATIONAL TESTING
Alarming results in NAPLAN report
Michael Ferguson website, 23 Jan 2012
Opposition education spokesman Michael Ferguson says the NAPLAN report shows that twice as many year 7 students as any other state fail to reach the minimum national standard and Tasmania is the worst performing state for spelling in years 5, 7 and 9...

NATIONAL TESTING
Tasmanian 2011 NAPLAN results comparable with 2010
Tas Govt media release, 23 Jan 2012
Acting Minister for Education and Skills Brian Wightman says Tasmania shows a significant improvement in year 5 numeracy in the 2011 NAPLAN National Report released today...

NATIONAL TESTING
NAPLAN report released
Aust Govt media release, 23 Jan 2012
Federal School Education Minister Peter Garrett says the 2011 NAPLAN National Report released today shows that more than 93 per cent of students are performing at or above minimum standards but the gap between the top and bottom students has widened...
- NAPLAN national reports download page

EXTENSION TO YEARS 11 AND 12
Educational benefits call from AEU
The Examiner, 23 Jan 2012
AEU president Leanne Wright has reiterated her call for the Liberals to provide evidence of educational benefits from their policy to extend high schools to years 11 and 12...

ONLINE LEARNING
Virtual $1.1 million
The Examiner, 23 Jan 2012
Increased online learning in Tasmanian schools will be possible through a Virtual Learning Environment to be established under the federal government's Digital Regions Initiative...

EXTENSION TO YEARS 11 AND 12
Liberals respond on high schools accommodation
Michael Ferguson website, 22 Jan 2012
Opposition  education spokesman Michael Ferguson says the claims that years 11 and 12 cannot be accommodated in high schools are based on the false assumption that colleges will close under the Liberals' high schools to year 12 policy...

EXTENSION TO YEARS 11 AND 12
Wightman rubs it in
Tas Govt media release, 22 Jan 2012
Acting Minister for Education and Skills Brian Wightman says a report in today's Sunday Examiner undermines the Liberals' policy of extending high schools to cater for years 11 and 12...

EXTENSION TO YEARS 11 AND 12
Liberals' figures don't add up, says the Examiner
The Examiner, 22 Jan 2012
An Examiner reporter looks back at last week's debate by media statement over the Liberals' policy of retaining years 11 and 12 students in north-west high schools ...

EDUCATIONAL TECHNOLOGY
iBooks 2 could change textbooks
Los Angeles Times, 20 Jan 2012
Apple's iBooks 2 is an app update for the iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch, which promises to boost the trend to electronic textbooks ...

EXTENSION TO YEARS 11 AND 12
Wightman not giving up over Hodgman call
Tas Govt media release, 20 Jan 2012
Acting education minister Brian Wightman has reiterated his criticism of opposition leader Will Hodgman for calling for school capacity figures to be made available when they had been released last year, and has called for details of the Liberals' high school extension policy to be released...

NATIONAL TESTING
Tasmania has two NAPLAN breaches
The Examiner, 19 Jan 2012
Two NAPLAN testing breaches not regarded as cheating were investigated in Tasmanian schools last year ...

EXTENSION TO YEARS 11 AND 12
Capacity figures are available already
Tas Govt media release, 18 Jan 2012
Acting education minister Brian Wightman today said the Liberal opposition was calling for high school capacity figures to be made available when this information had been released last year...

SCHOOL CLOSURES
NW primary schools determined to fight
The Advocate, 18 Jan 2012
Stanley Primary and other north-west primary schools have expressed their determination to remain open as the School Viability Reference Group recommendations loom...

WIKIPEDIA
Wikipedia to close for 24 hours
ABC Online, 17 Jan 2012
Free online encyclopedia Wikipedia will close for 24 hours from 4pm Tasmanian time on Wednesday 18 January in protest at draft US legislation...
- UPDATE 4.10pm 18/1/12: instead of completely blacking out their site, Wikipedia are showing their pages long enough to make a quick screen shot with Alt-PrtScrn
- Also, as explained on their site, Wikipedia enable you to access the site if you disable Javascript or use a mobile device.

EXTENSION TO YEARS 11 AND 12
NW schools do have spare capacity
Michael Ferguson website, 17 Jan 2012
High school capacity figures revealed in today's Advocate confirm that the majority of north-west schools can accommodate year 11 and 12 students, opposition education spokesman Michael Ferguson says...

EXTENSION TO YEARS 11 AND 12
NW schools have spare capacity
The Advocate, 17 Jan 2012
High schools on the north-west coast have enough space to facilitate extending them to year 12...

EXCITEMENT IN EDUCATION
Tassie education debate heats up
Tas Govt media release, 16 Jan 2012
A tweet about education policy by opposition leader Will Hodgman ('They ask what your vision is then criticise you for telling themí) has been condemned in particularly strong terms by Acting Minister for Education and Skills Brian Wightman...
- @WillHodgman Twitter messages page

EXTENSION TO YEAR 12
How Libs might change colleges
Michael Ferguson website, 15 Jan 2012
Opposition education spokesman Michael Ferguson says that the Liberals would not close any colleges but might change their functions. "For example, some may remain focused on years 11 and 12, others might cater for years 9-12 and others might become 7-12 high schools." ...

EXTENSION TO YEAR 12
Years 11 and 12 costings call
Tas Govt media release, 15 Jan 2012
Acting Minister for Education and Skills Brian Wightman has called on the Liberal opposition to release detailed costings of of its policy to extend high schools to years 11 and 12...
- Liberals' June 2011 years 7-12 high school announcement, reposted 13 Jan 2012
- Will Hodgman's Future Directions launch statement, 11 Jan 2012
- Future Directions document [pdf]

EDUCATIONAL PERFORMANCE
Progress reports released
Tas Govt media release, 15 Jan 2012
An update on the achievement of targets and implementation of strategies under the Australian government's Smarter Schools National Partnerships program shows that Tasmanian schools are making great strides, Acting Minister for Education and Skills, Brian Wightman, says...
- statement on the Smarter Schools National Partnerships program by the Australian government's Minister for School Education, Peter Garrett, 14 Jan 2012

SCHOOL ADMINISTRATION
Principals want fire power
Daily telegraph, 15 Jan 2012
Government school principals want more power to sack under-performing teachers, according to the latest Staff in Australian Schools survey...

ONLINE-SAFETY, BULLYING
Govt unveils new cyber-safety site
The Australian, 13 Jan 2012
The Easy Guide to Socialising Online website has been launched by the federal government to tackle cyber-bullying and promote online safety, just a few days after a Melbourne school student who had been bullied online committed suicide...
- Easy Guide to Socialising Online
-
Tips for Socialising Online

EXTENSION TO YEARS 11 AND 12
Technology links could help years 11 and 12
The Examiner, 13 Jan 2012
Using technology to link regional and rural high schools to other schools could help improve retention to years 11 and 12, the University of Tasmania's Dean of the Faculty of Education, Professor Ian Hay, says...

NATIONAL CURRICULUM, HEALTH AND SAFETY
Resuscitation and water safety push
ABC News, 12 Jan 2012
The Royal life Saving Association is seeking to have CPR and water safety included in the national curriculum...

RELIGIOUS SCHOOLS
Blow for teachers in U.S. religious schools
NPR, 12 Jan 2012
In the U.S. a teacher in a religious school was declared to be technically a "minister" simply because she carried out some religious functions in addition to teaching, but as a result she was not able to rely on the anti-discrimination laws when she was fired for making a threat to use the court system to resolve a discrimination issue instead of allowing the issue to be resolved in the internal manner required of its ministers by the church...

EXTENSION TO YEARS 11 AND 12
High schools after year 12 extension
The Examiner, 12 Jan 2012
At least six schools are interested in extending their school to year 12 as outlined in the Liberals' policy, opposition education spokesman Michael Ferguson says...

ICT, COMPUTING LESSONS
Computing lessons go full circle
The Independent (UK), 12 Jan 2012
ICT lessons in Britain are to be replaced by "Computer Science", with emphasis on programming [just like how computing in schools began]...

SCHOOL CHAPLAINS
Chaplains preferred to welfare workers
The Mercury, 11 Jan 2012
Only a small number of Tasmanian schools have chosen to prefer welfare workers to chaplains following the choice allowed by the federal government last year...

SCHOOL CLOSURES
Closures group report still on track
The Mercury, 11 Jan 2012
The School Viability Reference Group is still on track to deliver its report on criteria for school closure by 31 January...

EXTENSION TO YEARS 11 AND 12
Government rejects years 11-12 policy
Tas Govt media release, 10 Jan 2012
The Government is already undertaking initiatives to encourage students to continue education into years 11 and 12, Acting Minister for Education and Skills Brian Wightman said today in response to the Liberal Party's policy to extend high and district high schools to year 12...
- Media release by Opposition Leader Will Hodgman, 8 Jan 2012

HEALTH AND SAFETY
Asbestos safety
Tas Govt media release, 10 Jan 2012
The asbestos registers in DoE buildings are to be updated and staff will be required to acknowledge they are aware of their school having an asbestos register...

TEACHING PROFESSION
Charges upgraded
The Mercury, 10 Jan 2012
The charges against a former Ogilvie High School woodwork teacher now include maintaining a sexual relationship with a young person under the age of 17 years...

SCHOOL CHAPLAINS
Chaplain vs welfare worker
SMH, 10 Jan 2012
More than 200 Australian schools, or 8 per cent of those that have reapplied so far, plan to employ a welfare worker rather than a chaplain or religious pastoral care worker...

STUDENT SUPPORT
Back to school for teen parents
The Mercury, 9 Jan 2012
The federal government's Helping Young Parents trial requires teenage parents to discuss their education plans with welfare staff in order to prevent Centrelink holding back their payments...

SCHOOL CLOSURES
Closures report on track for 31 January
The Examiner, 6 Jan 2012
The School Viability Reference Group would issue a statement on its progress after its meeting on Tuesday next week, chairman Royce Fairbrother said yesterday ...

STUDENT SUPPORT
Talking back by teens improves their future
NPR, 3 Jan 2012
Making a practice of arguing calmly and persuasively with their parents helps teenagers develop the skills to resist the kind of peer pressures that lead other teens into trouble...

STUDENT RETENTION
Payments to stay at school publicised
The Mercury, 2 Jan 2012
Prime Minister Julia Gillard has reminded parents of the payments of up to $4200 a year for parents to keep their children in school...

 

 

 

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