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MOFO Hothouse begins on Monday
The Mercury, 30 May 2015
The Dark Mofo Hothouse project on Tasmanian educational issues such as student retention is due to commence this Monday, 1 June...

Dark MOFO Hothouse
Bullet MOFO Hothouse Project website
Bullet Hothouse sessions
Bullet Top thinkers speak in Hothouse today, The Mercury, 1 Jun 2015
Bullet Jon Kudelka's cartoons, Twitter
Bullet Kudelka's mighty pen, The Mercury, 2 Jun 2015

Road safety video winner named
The Examiner, 29 May 2015
A Don College student has won the $5,000 first prize in the Road Safety Week video competition...

Religious discrimination Bill passes LegCo
Church schoolsThe Examiner, 28 May 2015
The Legislative Council has approved the Bill to let religious schools use religious faith in discriminating against prospective students even when they have plenty of places available...

Bullet Christian Lobby welcomes vote, The Mercury, 29 May 2015


Bullet Budget Speech

Bullet Budget media releases
Record $1.44 billion investment in education
- Reinvigorating our high schools

- Improving education for students with a disability

(Jeremy Rockliff, Minister for Education and Training, 28 May 2015)

Heading in the right direction (see: Better results in education)

Bullet Premier's Budget page

Bullet Download the 2015-16 Budget documents


$68m boost for high schools
The Mercury, 28 May 2015
High schools are to receive $68 million dollars over four years for new facilities, Taroona High in the South receiving $2.1 million...

Bullet Riverside, Prospect and Kings Meadows high schools receive funding, The Examiner, 28 May 2015
Bullet Latrobe, Parklands, Smithton high schools boost, The Advocate, 28 May 2015
Bullet Use the GST windfall to reverse some of the 266 teacher cuts, Michelle O'Byrne, Opposition education spokesperson, 29 May 2015
Bullet Taroona High's $2.1m is part of record $1.44 billion for education, Jeremy Rockliff, minister for education and Training, 1 Jun 2015

Devil now state emblem
Tasmanian devil (Image: The Examiner)The Examiner, 28 May 2015
The Tasmanian devil is now officially Tasmania's state faunal emblem...

Bullet Devil our formal animal emblem, Matthew Groom, Minister for environment, Parks and Heritage, 31 May 2015

Teacher graduates hard done by
Teacher graduates (Image from gradplus.com)ABC News, 27 May 2015
Recent Tasmanian teacher graduates face a struggle to find work following cuts to teaching positions and the prospect of current near-graduates receiving new internships associated with guaranteed teaching positions...

(Image: gradplus.com)

Ladybird (Image: activityvillage.co.uk)DANGEROUS IDEAS
School bugged
The Courier, 27 May 2015
Six students and a former student caused chaos in a US high school when they released 72,000 ladybirds which they had ordered through the Internet...

Make maths and science compulsory for Years 11 and 12
Christopher PyneThe Age, 26 May 2015
Federal education minister Christopher Pyne wants Years 11 and 12 students to be required to study mathematics or a science subject...

Bullet Great idea but more work to do, The Conversation (opinion), 29 May 2015

Spend money on health and education
TasLabor website, 26 May 2015
MoneyOpposition leader Bryan Green says the state government should use its $591 million GST windfall to reverse cuts to frontline services in health and education...

Six primary schools need to close, says AG
ABC News, 26 May 2015
Tasmanian Audit Office
The Auditor-General has recommended that the following six government primary schools be closed:
- Edith Creek
- Geeveston
- Clarendon Vale
- Avoca
- Risdon Vale
- Sprent
He also identified a further 11 schools for possible closure, but education minister Jeremy Rockliff says no school will be forced to close

Bullet Strong case to close six schools, The Mercury, 26 May 2015
Bullet No school will be forced to close, Jeremy Rockliff, Minister for Education and Training, 26 May 2015
Bullet Definitely, absolutely, categorically, honestly, no school will be forced to close, Jeremy Rockliff, Minister for Education and Training, 27 May 2015
Bullet Unsettling say parents, voluntary closures won't work says economist, ABC News, 27 May 2015
Bullet Analyse all government schools, says professor, The Mercury, 28 May 2015

$17.7 million for literacy and numeracy
The Mercury, 26 May 2015
Jeremy RockliffThis week's State Budget will allocate $17.7 million for literacy and numeracy, featuring the Learning in Families Together (LIFT) program which will involve cooperation between about 80 schools and their families, education minister Jeremy Rockliff said...

Bullet $18m for new literacy, numeracy program, The Examiner, 26 May 2015
Bullet K-2 focused LIFT commences Term 1 2016, Jeremy Rockliff, Minister for Education and Training, 26 May 2015

Tasmanian Audit OfficeSCHOOL CLOSURES
Spotlight on school closures again
The Mercury, 25 May 2015
A report to be tabled by the Auditor-General tomorrow is expected to examine school sizes and to question the number, location and effectiveness of Tasmania's primary schools...

Force-feeding the curriculum
news.com.au, 25 May 2015
Television chef Jamie Oliver has released a rap song with Paul McCartney, Hugh Jackman, Aleasha Dixon and other celebrities to promote Food Revolution Day, a campaign to make practical food education compulsory in schools around the world...

Bullet Food Revolution Day website

Fighting terrorism through the curriculum
news.com.au, 24 May 2015
The federal government is planning the preparation of curriculum materials to help schools prevent students from becoming radicalised...

Bill promotes inequity
The Mercury (opinion), 22 May 2015
Church schools
Tasmania's Anti-Discrimination Amendment Bill will give religious schools greater power over whom they choose to enrol, to the detriment of students in government schools, AEU state president Terry Polglase argues...

Bullet Discrimination wrong if religious schools are accepting taxpayer funds, says civil libertarian, The Mercury, 23 May 2015
Bullet Bill reduces red tape and enshrines freedom of religion, Vanessa Goodwin, Attorney-General, 23 May 2015
Bullet Restricts education choice, religious freedom, ABC News, 24 May 2015

Make domestic violence education compulsory
news.com.au, 22 May 2015
White Ribbon Australia
Learning about family and domestic violence should be a core component of the curriculum, advocates say. However, ACARA general manager Phil Lambert says such an inclusion could lead to a crowded curriculum...

Bullet White Ribbon's Breaking the Silence Schools Program
Bullet Click here to register your school's interest

Violence against principals increases
School violence (Image from timetoast.com)The Examiner, 22 May 2015
The number of threats of violence by parents against Australian school principals increased from 19 to 25 per cent between 2011 and 2014, and by students from 17 to 25 per cent, Australian Catholic University research has found...

Computer coding supported
The Conversation (opinion), 21 May 2015
The Conversation
Opposition leader Bill Shorten is in tune with a world trend when he emphasises the importance of schools teaching computer coding, an academic writes...

Helping the parents of bullies
The Conversation (opinion), 21 May 2015
Advising parents whose child is the bully rather than the victim can be difficult at first...

Kim Booth resigns
Kim BoothThe Mercury, 20 May 2015
Tasmanian Greens leader Kim Booth is stepping down as leader and as a parliamentarian, following the death of his father...

Bullet Stepping down for family reasons and Party renewal, Kim Booth, Tasmanian Greens leader, 20 May 2015

Educational marijuana a creative idea?
ABC News, 19 May 2015
A university education lecturer and artist due to speak at the forthcoming MOFO Hothouse has suggested that drugs such as marijuana be provided to high school students to boost their creativity...

Bullet MOFO Hothouse Project website
Bullet Children would use customised vaporisers, news.com.au, 19 May 2015

Banning mobile phones improves school results
HeraldSun, 18 May 2015
A London School of Economics study has found that a strict ban on mobile phones in a school effectively added five school days to the year and increased exam results by up to six per cent...

STEM plan well-meaning but misguided
The Conversation (opinion), 18 May 2015
The Conversation
In focusing on science, computing and mathematics education in his Budget Reply speech, Opposition leader Bill Shorten has given inadequate attention to the need to keep teachers in the profession and to improve literacy, an RMIT adjunct professor and a lecturer in literacy argue...

E-cigarettes and sugary drinks under attack
TasLabor website, 17 May 2015
Rebecca White
Opposition health spokesperson Rebecca White has announced polices to promote alternatives to sugary drinks in schools and to oppose the normalisation of the use of e-cigarettes which can currently be sold to people under 18 years...

Bullet TasLabor's preventative health policies [pdf]
Bullet E-cigarettes facts, Tas Dept of Health and Human Services
Bullet Labor would increase taxes on sugary drinks, Michael Ferguson, Minister for Health, 17 May 2015
Bullet Sugary drinks to be taken out of schools, The Examiner, 18 May 2015

Compulsory domestic violence education call
ABC News, 17 May 2015
A petition calling for compulsory domestic violence education in schools has been delivered to the NSW parliament by a girl who is a victim and who lost her mother to suicide...

Teacher and student remembered
ABC News, 16 May 2015
Northern Tasmania
The wider Riverside High School community has remembered a former student and a teacher who died after they met blizzard-like conditions on a bushwalking trip to Cradle Mountain 50 years ago...

Lack of vision in Budget
The Conversation (opinion by Stewart Riddle), 15 May 2015
The Conversation
By failing to adequately step outside the electoral cycle, the 2015 federal Budget misses opportunities to provide much-needed reforms in early education, school education and higher education, a higher education academic writes...

Youth clearinghouse loses funding
acys.info, 14 May 2015
The federal Budget has dropped funding for the Australian Clearinghouse for Youth Studies, a national body based in Tasmania which provides the youth sector with analysis and information that is used for policy development and decision-making...

Opposition Budget Reply speech

Bill ShortenBullet Budget 2015: BillShorten, ABC News, 14 May 2015
Bullet Experts react, The Conversation, 15 May 2015
(Scroll down to 'School education')
Bullet Focus on computing and other STEM subjects,
news.com.au, 14 May 2015:
- computer programming mandatory in every primary and secondary school
- 25,000 scholarships for training graduates with science and technology degrees to become teachers
- scrapping the HECS debt of STEM students (science, technology, engineering and maths)
- encourage more women in STEM
boost the skills of 25,000 current teachers

Embracing an anti-violence program
The Mercury, 14 May 2015
White Ribbon Australia
Students at Launceston Church Grammar School are participating in White Ribbon's Breaking the Silence program which helps young males develop respectful relationships, particularly towards women...

Bullet White Ribbon's Breaking the Silence Schools Program
Bullet Click here to register your school's interest

Promoting education options
The Examiner, 13 May 2015
Joanna Siejka from Youth Network of Tasmania (YNOT) will be promoting alternative education options for students outside the mainstream at the upcoming MOFO Hothouse...

Bullet MOFO Hothouse Project website

What the Budget means for education
The Conversation (opinion by Glenn C. Savage), 12 May 2015
The Conversation
The most obvious educational negative in the Federal Budget is the absence of funding for the final two years of Gonski reforms, leaving them unfunded.
However, there is funding for:
- students with a disability
- pre-school programs
- teacher training
- boarding of indigenous students.

But cuts to the federal Department of Education mean it will have to modify and cut back some of its programs...

Bullet No surprises in higher education, The Conversation (opinion by Emmaline Bexley), 13 May 2015
Bullet Tas premier disappointed over health and education, ABC News, 13 May 2015

2015 Budget Speech
Joe HockeyBullet Federal Budget website
Education and Training Budget Statements
Bullet Education and Training media releases:

Skills and training for a prosperous Australia
- Strengthening the VET sector
- Preschool funding certainty

2015 Budget website, ABC News

Recognising excellence
Tas Govt media release, 12 May 2015
Nominations of teachers, principals, other staff and volunteers for the RBF Department of Education Awards for Excellence need to be made by Sunday 14 June...

Honours degrees for 20 principals
Tas Govt media release, 12 May 2015
The Tasmanian government's School Leadership Development Initiative will offer 20 principals the opportunity to gain a Bachelor of Education with Professional Honours, education minister Jeremy Rockliff announced today...

Students vomiting over NAPLAN tests
SMH, 11 May 2015
NAPLANAnxiety over sitting for NAPLAN tests has caused children as young as eight to vomit and has prompted psychologists to urge schools and parents to minimise the stress for vulnerable students...

Bullet Around 25,000 Tas students face NAPLAN tests today, Jeremy Rockliff, Minister for Education and Training, 12 May 2015

Labor promises $7m for more CFCs
ABC News, 11 May 2015
early learner
Tasmania's Opposition leader, Bryan Green, says Tas Labor would build two more Child and Family Centres if returned to government...

Bullet Labor pledges new Child and Family Centres, TasLabor website, 11 May 2015
Bullet Labor had promised 30 CFCs but built only 11, Peter Gutwein, Treasurer, 11 May 2015
Bullet Libs' dismissal of a CFC policy is short-sighted, says O'Byrne, TasLabor website, 11 May 2015

Extending high schoolsEXTENDING HIGH SCHOOL TO YEARS 11 AND 12
Extension impact discussed
Tas Govt media release, 11 May 2015
Education minister Jeremy Rockliff said he was heartened to hear success stories at a gathering of principals of this year's and next year's high and district high schools extending their subject offerings beyond Year 10...

Bullet Principals share experiences, The Examiner, 11 May 2015

Longer hours for stressed teachers
news.com.au, 10 May 2015
Many of Australia's teachers are stressed, working longer hours and thinking about leaving the teaching profession, an AEU survey shows...

National boost for Beacon Foundation
Beacon FoundationThe Mercury, 9 May 2015
The federal Budget will provide $950,000 to the Beacon Foundation which originated in Tasmania to proactively reduce youth unemployment in disadvantaged areas by tailoring the transition from school to work for individual students...

Tas to get 50 free wi-fi hotspots
Tas Govt media release, 9 May 2015
A list of 50 proposed locations for free wi-fi hotspots around Tasmania has been released by the Minister for Information Technology and Innovation, Michael Ferguson...

Aboriginal education has wide benefit
The Mercury, 8 May 2015
Invited thinker for the forthcoming MOFO Hothouse Greg Lehman says classroom practices designed to help Aboriginal students are effective in helping other students too...

Bullet MOFO Hothouse Project website

Education scholarship recipients named
Tas Govt media release, 7 May 2015
The Minister for Education and Training, Jeremy Rockliff, has announced that this year's Sue Napier education scholarship winners are Lily Bartkevicius, Susan Katarzynski and Jeff Thomas..

Snow closes schools
DoE Facebook, 7 May 2015
DoE Facebook
Oatlands District High and Collinsvale Primary have closed for the rest of the day due to snow, students remaining at school until they are collected by parents. See DoE Facebook page for any updated information..

Bullet Road closures, Tas Police website
Bullet Cold snap brings snow, ABC News, 7 May 2015

Tighter trainee teacher testing looms
The Mercury, 5 May 2015
The Federal Budget will contain funding to ensure new teaching graduates have faced literacy and numeracy tests and graduate primary teachers hold a subject specialisation..

Milne resigns: Di Natale new Greens leader
ABC News,  6 May 2015

Richard Di Natale is the new leader of the Australian Greens, following the surprise resignation of Senator Christine Milne this morning. Larissa Waters and Scott Ludlam are co-deputy leaders.

Battle for anti-domestic violence program
The Mercury, 5 May 2015
White Ribbon Australia
White Ribbon are having trouble getting Tasmanian schools to enrol in their anti-domestic violence program which 360 Mainland schools have either taken up or signed on for...

Bullet White Ribbon's Breaking the Silence Schools Program
Bullet Click here to register your school's interest

Education the key to overcoming pCEDAoverty
The Mercury, 5 May 2015
The key to helping young people move out of socio-economic disadvantage is to enable them to complete Year 12, a Smith Family researcher told a Committee for Economic Development of Australia (CEDA) meeting yesterday...

School refusal is not truancy
The Conversation (opinion), 4 May 2015
The Conversation
School refusal is often confused with truancy, to the detriment of the students themselves, three academics write...

No time for mental health
SMH, 4 May 2015
Teachers know that the mental health of students is important, but a significant number say they do not have the time to deal with it, a survey shows...

MOFO Hothouse looms
The Examiner, 1 May 2015
Ideas to promote educational attainment and retention by Tasmanian students are being encouraged in preparation for the 72-hour Dark Mofo Hothouse sessions to be held on 1, 2 and 3 June. [The Examiner says 2-4 June]...

Bullet MOFO Hothouse Project website
Bullet Dark Mofo Hothouse to discuss educational challenges, The Mercury, 1 May 2015
Bullet On the road to learning, The Mercury (editorial), 1 May 2015
Bullet Hothouse thinkers revealed, The Advocate, 1 May 2015





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