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Cosmetic surgery games target girls
ABC News, 29 Apr 2017
Princess Plastic (Image: ABC)
Kids can play at creating improved faces with computer games that simulate liposuction, nose jobs and other plastic surgery techniques

Hoax calls arrest
Yahoo News, 28 Apr 2017
JusticeRemember the hoax bomb threats made by phone to Australian schools in February last year? Israeli police have just arrested an 18-year-old who they claim made 591 such calls to Australia

Bullet Israeli teen accused of making 2,000 bomb hoax calls and blackmail, The Guardian, 25 Apr 2017

Mastodon bones in earlier Americans claim
newatlas.com, 27 Apr 2017
Mastodon (Image: Charles R. Knight, Wikimedia Commons)
Palaeontologists claim that markings on and damage to mastodon bones suggest the first arrival of humans in America should be pushed back from 13,500-16,500 years ago to as long ago as a whopping 125,000 years

Bullet First Americans claim sparks controversy, BBC News, 26 Apr 2017

Bully/victim combination concern
The Conversation (opinion by Anne Kavanagh, Naomi Priest and Tania King), 28 Apr 2017
BullyingAustralian research shows that teenagers who have been both a bully and a victim of bullying are more likely to have mental health problems including suicidal thoughts

'13 Reasons Why' series sparks concern
Huffington Post, 27 Apr 2017
Teen issuesParents whose kids have access to Netflix at home need to take action such as engaging in a discussion or becoming aware of resources as the series '13 Reasons Why' deals with the suicide of a teenage girl in a very gripping and intense manner, a reviewer writes

Bullet '13 Reasons Why' labelled as dangerous content by Headspace, Mashable, 27 Apr 2017
Bullet Show sparks increased calls to helpline, ABC News, 18 Apr 2017
Bullet Schools warn parents about '13 Reasons Why', ABC News (US), 25 Apr 2017
Bullet '13 Reasons Why' should not be ignored, The Conversation, 28 Apr 2017

Bushwalkers found alive
ABC News, 27 Apr 2017

Tassie schools receive digital literacy grants
Aust Govt, 26 Apr 2017
Computer useThree Tasmanian schools have been awarded grants to promote digital literacy projects under the National Innovation and Science Agenda:
- Taroona Primary School, $50,000
- Ogilvie High School, $50,000
- Our Lady of Mercy Catholic School, Deloraine, $48,000

Bullet List of successful schools [pdf], innnovation.gov.au

Pre-school for all 3-year-olds
NPR, 25 Apr 2017
USA flagNew York City is implementing a plan to provide free pre-school for all three-year-olds

Bullet Pre-school for 3-year-olds: the research argument, NPR, 25 Apr 2017

Macron's teacher could become France's first lady
CNN, 24 Apr 2017
As the
wife of French presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron is his former school drama and literature teacher, his rise to prominence has sparked a discussion about social norms...

Birchalls Hobart to close
ABC Radio, 24 Apr 2017
Birchalls has announced it will close its Hobart store next month.
Bullet Hobart Birchalls to shut up shop, The Examiner, 24 Apr 2017

Macron, Le Pen to face second French poll
ABC News, 24 Apr 2017
France flag
A runoff for the French presidency will be held on 7 May between the top two candidates in Sunday's election: the centrist Emmanuel Macron who supports the EU, with 24 per cent of the vote,  and the far-right Marine Le Pen, with 22 per cent, who favours leaving the EU...

What not to write in school newsletters
The Telegraph (UK), 22 Apr 2017
UK flagSome British schools have adopted an authoritarian and disrespectful tone in their school newsletters, criticising parents, en masse, for:
- accompanying their children too far into the school grounds
- sending children to school with packed lunches that lacked balance, stating in the newsletter, "THESE ARE NOT ACCEPTABLE".
- loitering around for too long at the school gates
- driving too fast, asking in the newsletter, "What's the matter with some of you?"

Austins Ferry and Windermere works
Tas Govt media release, 22 Apr 2017
Construction tenders for additional facilities at Austins Ferry Primary School and Windermere Primary School have been announced by Elise Archer, Speaker of the House of Assembly

NAPLAN Online delayed till 2018
ACARA [pdf],19 Apr 2017
The plan for online NAPLAN assessments to commence this year in Queensland, Victoria, South Australia, Western Australia and the ACT has been delayed until 2018...

Snap UK election over Brexit
ABC News,18 Apr 2017
UK flagBritish Prime Minister Theresa May has unexpectedly called a general election for Thursday 8 June, three years ahead of the scheduled date

Collateral damage from shortfall
ABC News,17 Apr 2017
DisabilitiesInsufficient funding to recognise the overall needs of individual students with a disability is forcing Tasmanian schools to make cuts to sports, art and music classes, principals and parents say

Military-style discipline used by school
ABC News,17 Apr 2017
Army discipline in school (Image: ABC)
A Queensland school dresses its students in army fatigues and engages in military-style drills to build character and discipline and to encourage students to think about other people and work as a team

NSW ditches Safe Schools
ABC News,16 Apr 2017
The NSW government has dropped the Safe Schools program which focuses on bullying and gender diversity, announcing that a broader anti-bullying program will replace it in July...

Bullet Tas cave-in to extreme right, Cassy O'Connor, Tas Greens leader, 19 Apr 2017

Manus Island centre shot at
ABC News, updated 15 Apr 2017
Members of the PNG Defence Force fired shots at the Manus Island detention centre after a dispute with individual asylum seekers

Biggest non-nuclear bomb used
ABC News, 14 Apr 2017
The US has attacked IS by targeting a network of caves and tunnels in Afghanistan with the largest non-nuclear bomb ever used in combat, the 9,800 kilogram GBU-43/B Massive Ordnance Air Blast (MOAB, commonly referred to as the Mother Of All Bombs)

Australia held back by unfair education funding
ABC News (opinion by Ken Boston), 13 Apr 2017
MoneyGovernment schools are required to do the heavy lifting while non-government schools receive unnecessary education funding, a former NSW Director-General writes

New funnel web spider found in Tas
ABC News, 13 Apr 2017
Funnel web spider NE Tas (Image: QVMAG)
A new species of funnel web spider with fangs bigger than a tiger snake's has been found in northeastern Tasmania...

Bullet New spider in wet forest, The Examiner, 13 Apr 2017

When is terror not caused by terrorists?
The Conversation (opinion by Keiran Hardy), 13 Apr 2017
A "terrorist act" has a specific definition in Australia and there can be implications when the "terrorist" label is used by by the police and the media...

Case strengthens for Aboriginal AFL origin
ABC News, 13 Apr 2017
New evidence supports claims by historians that Australian Rules football had Indigenous origins in the Western district of Victoria...


United passengerECONOMICS
Economics could have avoided passenger removal fiasco
The Conversation (opinion by Volodymyr Bilotkach), 12 Apr 2017
Proactively catering for the over-booking of flights through the routine use of procedures based on sound economic principles could have avoided the recent need to forcibly remove an innocent passenger from a United Airlines flight.

Childcare costs would rise
TasLabor website, 12 Apr 2017
Early learningThe costs of childcare would rise, almost doubling in Ravenswood and Bridgewater, under the state government's plan to allow children to start school at a younger age, Opposition education spokesperson Michelle O'Byrne says

Bullet Lower starting age gives children more education, Jeremy Rockliff, Minister for Education and Training, 12 Apr 2017
Bullet Age changes could drive up childcare costs, The Examiner, 12 Apr 2017

Personal details placed online
ABC News, 12 Apr 2017
VictoriaThe Victorian Education Department has accidentally published online a number of bullying and self-harm related submissions which included parents' names, addresses and phone numbers.

Extension to Years 11 and 12TCE
Jump in TCE numbers
Tas Govt media release, 12 Apr 2017
Education minister Jeremy Rockliff says the extension of high schools to Years 11 and 12 is already having a major impact, with the number of students achieving the Tasmanian Certificate of Education rising by 382 in 2016.

Bullet Continuous improvement still needed, says Minister, ABC News, 12 Apr 2017

UK minister pushes phonics awareness
ABC News, 11 Apr 2017
LiteracyThe British schools minister, Nick Gibb, is in Australia to expound the phonics program he says raised children's reading levels in his country.

More disability support needed
Tas Greens website, 10 Apr 2017
DisabilitiesMore support is needed for students living with a disability in the form of in-school support and teacher training, Greens education spokesperson Andrea Dawkins says.

John Clarke (Image: ABC)THE ARTS
John Clarke dies
ABC News, 10 Apr 2017
Satirist and comedian John Clarke, 68, best known for his role in the ABC's Clarke and Dawe segment, died while bushwalking in Victoria at the weekend.

Egypt bombings kill 44
ABC News, 10 Apr 2017
Egypt has declared a three-month state of emergency after suicide bombers killed 44 people at two Coptic Christian churches.

Open plan struggle
stuff.co.nz, 8 Apr 2017
Modern learning environment (Image: stuff.co.nz)
The return of open plan classrooms, rebadged as modern learning environments or flexible learning spaces, are causing headaches for some New Zealand teachers.

Tenders for Woodbridge and Southern Support
Tas Govt media release, 8 Apr 2017
Construction tenders have been advertised for upgrades to Woodbridge School's Marine Discovery Centre and the Southern Support School.

Truck drives into crowd
ABC News, updated 8 Apr 2017
Swedish flagA man has been arrested after a hijacked truck was driven into pedestrians and a department store in Stockholm, Sweden, killing four people.

Guns in schools
stuff.co.nz, 7 Apr 2017
NZ student with gun (Image: stuff.co.nz)
New Zealand primary school students are using real guns to learn about leadership and weaponry.

Kindergarten funding fight
Tas Govt media release, 7 Apr 2017
Early learningThe federal government needs to commit to 15 hours of kindergarten funding certainty, education minister Jeremy Rockliff says.

Bullet Federal minister's doorstop interview on future funding and Naplan Online, 7 Apr 2017
Bullet Rockliff must pressure Feds for full Gonski funding, Michelle O'Byrne, Opposition education spokesperson, 9 Apr 2017

Trump bombs Syria
ABC News, 7 Apr 2017
The US has launched 59 missiles against a Syrian airfield

Bullet Syria bombing: live updates (ABC)

Recovery unlikely
ABC News, 6 Apr 2017
Vanessa GoodwinFormer Attorney-General Vanessa Goodwin will withdraw from public life having been advised that she is unlikely to recover from the cancer associated with the brain tumours that hospitalised her recently.

Bullet Statement from the family of Vanessa Goodwin, Tas Govt media release, 6 Apr 2017

533 students extended, census shows
Tas Govt media release, 6  Apr 2017
Extension to Years 11 and 12More than 500 students are enrolled in Years 11 and 12 in Tasmania's 30 extended government high schools, education minister Jeremy Rockliff says .

Can four-year-olds be sexist?
The Conversation (opinion by Kimberley Norris), 6  Apr 2017
pre-scholers (Image: The Conversation, Shutterstock)
In short, no. However, four-year-olds' gender attitudes are being developed even at this young age, a psychology lecturer writes.

Students too good for new principal
kake.com, 5 Apr 2017
US flagA group of Kansas school students performed internet searches to discover their new principal possessed degrees provided by a "diploma mill" - which begs the question: why didn't the adults on the selection committee do the same?.

Bob Day's election invalid
ABC News, 5 Apr 2017
The High Court has found that ex-senator Bob Day's election had been invalid. If the consequent vote recount elects another Family First senator, the federal government may find it slightly easier to get legislation through the Senate.

Broad bests Best by broad margin
[pdf] Tas Electoral Commission, 4 Apr 2017
Shane Broad (Image: ABC)Agricultural scientist Shane Broad has won the Braddon recount, well ahead of Brenton Best, 60 per cent to 40 per cent.
Final votes:

- Brenton Best 3998
- Shane Broad 5987

Portfolios redistributed
The Examiner, 4 Apr 2017
Tas Govt logoThe Premier, Will Hodgman, has temporarily redistributed the following portfolios previously held by Vanessa Goodwin and then himself:
- Attorney-General and Justice: Matthew Groom
- Corrections: Guy Barnett
- Crown Land services and natural resources management: Jeremy Rockliff
The Premier retains Arts and Heritage.

Broad well ahead of Best in recount
ABC News, 3 Apr 2017
Shane Broad was more than 1,000 votes ahead of Brenton Best at the end of this afternoon's recount of Braddon votes made necessary following Bryan Green's resignation. Counting concludes tomorrow.

Tas education progress report
Tas Govt media release, 2 Apr 2017
Tas Govt logoThe state government has issued a Fourth Quarter Update [pdf] for its "AGENDA 2016" budget and other measures. (See page 4 for education details.).

Bullet Getting on with education plan, Jeremy Rockliff, Minister for Education and Training, 4 Apr 2017

Teachers using own money
ABC News, 2 Apr 2017
MoneyAn AEU survey shows that one in ten teachers spends over $2,000 per year of their own funds on teaching materials and more than four in ten spend over $500 per year.

What Tassie students want
The Examiner, 1 Apr 2017
TasmaniaThe Tasmanian children's commissioner, Mark Morrissey, has released his report Listening to Children and Young People in Tasmania 2016 [pdf] in which young people made it clear they valued equality and respect and wanted a relevant curriculum.

Bullet Commissioner for Children and Young People (website)

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