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13 Reasons Why: care needed
The Conversation (opinion by Sharyn Burns), 31 May 2018
Teen issues
Season 2 of the confronting Netflix teen issues series 13 Reasons Why may place some young people in need of mental health assistance.The programs need to be watched by students and their parents together, followed by a discussion, an academic warns...

Parents to blame?
ABC News, 29 May 2018
Gender disparity (Image: ABC)
Gender disparities are perpetuated by parents, a survey by Kids Contribute and the ABC suggests, with parents giving boys more pocket money but expecting girls to perform more household tasks...

Bring on diagnostic testing
ABC News, 29 May 2018
Immediately useful individualised diagnostic testing should be the assessment focus, not NAPLAN, the head of NSW's education department and former ABC head Mark Scott says...

Skirts, pants and human rights
ABC News, 28 May 2018
South Australia
Non-government schools across Australia could face legal complaints as a result of their school uniform policies not allowing for gender-free clothing, the South Australian Equal Opportunity Commissioner says ...

Addressing the crowded curriculum
The Conversation (opinion by Don Carter), 28 May 2018
Curriculum refinements such as reducing the number of a subject's teaching outcomes to be assessed are preferable to a blanket reduction in the number of subjects overall, an academic writes...

Don't Keep History a Mystery
Tas Govt media release, 28 May 2018
Aboriginal flag
Government support for National Reconciliation Week's theme 'Don't Keep History a Mystery' includes the Tasmanian Histories and Cultures Framework curriculum, Aboriginal affairs minister Jacquie Petrusma says...

New Norfolk redevelopment
TAs Govt media release, 28 May 2018
Southern Tasmania
A refurbishment of New Norfolk High School's facilities for Years 11 and 12 and younger students was opened today by education minister Jeremy Rockliff...

Martin joins Nats
ABC News, 28 May 2018
Steve Martin
Jacqui Lambie's Senate replacement and former Devonport mayor Steve Martin has joined the National Party, making it slightly easier for the Federal Government to negotiate with the Senate...

Surprising abortion vote
ABC News, 27 May 2018
Ireland flag
An Irish abortion laws referendum has resulted in 66.4 per cent of voters supporting liberalisation...

Bullet What happens next?, ABC News, 27 May 2018

Trump cancels summit
ABC News, 24 May 2018
Kim Jong-un and Donald Trump
President Donald Trump has called off the meeting he was to have with North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un in Singapore next month...

Bullet Kim Jong-un and Trump still determined to meet, ABC News, 27 May 2018

Five by-elections on 28 July
ABC News, 24 May 2018
House of Representatives (Image: SBS)
The by-elections for Braddon and four other electorates where the originally elected members were caught up in the citizenship saga will be held on Saturday 28 July, a date the ALP has set for its national conference...

TasTAFE audit report released
Tas Govt media release, 24 May 2018
TasTAFEThe Minister for Education and Training, Jeremy Rockliff, has tabled the audit report on TasTAFE that addresses the use of credit cards and questionable recruitment practices...

Bullet Download TasTAFE Internal Audit Report, May 2018 [pdf]
Bullet TasTAFE audit report released, The Examiner, 24 May 2018
Bullet TasTAFE report calls for code of conduct investigations, ABC News, 24 May 2018
Bullet Problems finally laid bare, TasLabor website, 24 May 2018

Alarm over 'harmful' Netflix series
ABC News, 23 May 2018
Teen issues
Many schools are warning parents about the second season of 13 Reasons Why, a Netflix series that includes teenage suicide and sexual assault themes in such a way that staff are concerned that vulnerable students could be placed in even more danger...

Ropes injury
ABC News, 23 May 2018
A Queensland school camp has been cancelled and the students sent home after a Grade 9 student was critically injured on a high ropes course...

Bullet Boy expected to recover, ABC News, 28 May 2018

Extend NAPLAN?
The Conversation (opinion by John Munro), 22 May 2018
There are pressures for NAPLAN testing to incorporate creativity and thinking skills, an academic writes...

Uni buys Hobart hotel
UTAS, 22 May 2018
The University of Tasmania has purchased the Midcity Hotel on the corner of Bathurst and Elizabeth Streets to turn it into student accommodation...

Strong winds warning now includes Hobart
BoM, 21 May 2018, 10.52pm
Strong winds gusting to over 100km/h are forecast for tonight and early tomorrow (Tuesday) morning in Central and Southern Tasmania including Hobart...

Bullet UPDATE: Severe weather warning now cancelled but winds below 100km/h to continue, 6.25am, Tue 22 May 2018
Bullet BoM warnings
Bullet Power outages (TasNetworks)
Bullet Road closures (Tas Police)

Meghan and Harry (Image: ABC)Royal wedding goes off without a hitch
ABC News, 19 May 2018
Royal wedding (Image: ABC)
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have been married at Windsor Castle.
They become the Duke and Duchess of Sussex...

Student opens fire in US school
ABC News, 19 May 2018
US flag
A 17-year-old student has killed two teachers and eight fellow students (earlier reported as one teacher and nine students) in a Texas high school as well as injuring ten others...

NAPLAN hinders creativity
The Conversation (opinion by Rachael Jacobs), 18 May 2018
The focus on NAPLAN testing hinders the creative process and may turn students into bad writers, an academic writes...

Bullet NAPLAN needs to value rural, regional and remote students, The Conversation, 18 May 2018

Student attentiveness monitored in high-tech classroom
nasdaq.com, 17 May 2018
China flag
Classroom CCTV cameras linked to computer software enable teachers in a Beijing school to obtain an attentiveness score for each student based on facial expressions and behaviour...

Make NAPLAN more useful
The Conversation (opinion by Geoff Masters), 17 May 2018
NAPLAN needs to continue its online push to become an adaptive testing regime that focuses on individual students' skills rather than on year levels, ACER's CEO says...

World divided over Laurel vs Yanny
The Guardian, 16 May 2018
Laurel vs Yanny
Which do you hear from this computerised voice - "Laurel" or "Yanny"? (The outcome varies between people and also between sound system speakers depending on their frequency response.)...

Bullet See also the Gold vs blue dress issue, Time, 27 Feb 2015

Abandon NAPLAN
The Conversation (opinion by Nan Bahr and Amanda Pendergast), 16 May 2018
NAPLAN has been a distraction that has not improved literacy and numeracy skills, two academics write...

Howlett wins
ABC News, 15 May 2018
Tas Parliament
Liberal Jane Howlett has won the Legislative Council seat of Prosser, defeating Labor's Janet Lambert, with Independent Steve Mav in third place...

Bullet Final election result for Prosser, Tas Electoral Commission, 15 May 2018

Rockliff supports review
The Examiner, 15 May 2018
Tasmania's education minister, Jeremy Rockliff, says he supports a review of NAPLAN testing...

Now the principal steps down
ABC News, 15 May 2018
After the popular "traditional values" deputy principal of Melbourne's Trinity Grammar had been sacked then reinstated over giving a student a haircut, the less popular principal, who had been prioritising measurable academic achievement, has decided to resign...

NAPLAN vital
The Conversation (opinion by Peter Goss), 15 May 2018
The NAPLAN testing system provides us with information about changes in achievement by Indigenous and disadvantaged students, achievement differences between states and individual schools that can lead to identification of successful approaches, and literacy and numeracy skill changes over time, a Grattan Institute researcher says...

NAPLAN tests not relevant
The Conversation (opinion by Katina Zammit), 14 May 2018
NAPLAN testing needs to change with the times, assessing more complex and online skills, an academic says...

Another terrorist attack in Indonesia
ABC News, 14 May 2018
Indonesian  flag
A terrorism attack at an Indonesian police station today follows an attack on another police station last night and three church attacks earlier yesterday...

Gaming a career path
ABC News, 14 May 2018
Videogaming (Image: ABC)
Creating and playing video games such as esports is presenting students with a new career path opportunity and rescuing many students who would otherwise have given up on furthering their education...

NAPLAN tests valuable
ABC News, 14 May 2018
Criticisms of NAPLAN testing are not supported by the evidence, the Centre for Independent Studies says...

Schools reopen today
DoE website, last checked 14 May 2018, 8.02am
DoEAll government schools are set to reopen today (Monday 14 May), a message on the DoE website says.
However, it might be advisable to keep checking the DoE alerts page this morning just in case any unanticipated issues arise.
Bullet Information about Catholic and independent schools and colleges will presumably be provided by those organisations.
St Aloysius School (Roslyn Avenue and Huntingfield) will have a STUDENT FREE DAY today due to flood damage (ABC Radio, 14 May 2018).

UTASThe UTAS Sandy Bay campus will reopen (ABC News, 13 May 2018) on Monday. Further information is now on the UTAS website.
Bullet Road closures (Tas Police)

Severe weather passes
BoM website, updated 13 May 2018
RainThe BoM says there is no longer a severe weather warning. However, flood warnings are being maintained for the North Esk and South Esk...

Bullet BoM warnings
Bullet Power outages (TasNetworks)
Bullet Road closures (Tas Police)

More than 40 schools closed today
ABC Radio, 11 May 2018
Flooded classroom
Many government and non-government schools and colleges in southern Tasmania will be closed today, following the flooding from last night's extreme weather event.
Bullet The DoE list of schools that are closed (updated at 10.47am) is:
Albuera St Primary
Blackmans Bay Primary
Campbell Street Primary
Cygnet Primary
ECIS Hobart
Elizabeth College
Franklin Primary
Gagebrook Primary
Glenora District
Goulburn St Primary
Herdsmans Cove Primary
Hobart College
Huonville Primary
Huonville High
Illawarra Primary
Kingston High
Kingston Primary
Lansdowne Crescent Primary
Lenah Valley Primary
Margate Primary
New Town Primary
Molesworth Primary
Mt Nelson Primary
Princess St Primary
Sandy Bay Infant
South Arm Primary
South Hobart Primary
Taroona High
Taroona Primary
Tasman District
Waimea Primary
Rose Bay High is OPEN

Bullet Non-government schools that are closed are:
Dot Corpus Christi Catholic School
Dot Cottage School, Bellerive
Dot Dominic College
Dot Fahan School
Dot Friends' School (had earlier announced it was open)
Dot Hutchins School
Dot John Paul II Catholic School
Dot Mt Carmel College
Dot Sacred Heart College
Dot St Aloysius School (Roslyn Avenue and Huntingfield)
Dot St Brigid's Catholic School
Dot St James Catholic College
Dot St Mary's College (Junior and Senior)
Tarremah Steiner School
Collegiate is OPEN (Friends' is no longer open).

The University of Tasmania will be closed today (all southern campuses).
Bullet The closure of many Hobart streets is amplifying the usual morning traffic congestion in the city.
Bullet BoM warnings
Bullet Power outages (TasNetworks)
Bullet Road closures (Tas Police)

Budget Reply speech delivered
ABC News, 10 May 2018
Federal Opposition leader Bill Shorten has made a bigger tax refund to more Australians the feature of his Budget Reply speech...

Extension to Year 12RETENTION TO YEAR 12
Year 10-12 retention rises
Tas Govt media release, 10 May 2018
The Year 10 to 12 direct retention rate is at an all-time high at 71.6 per cent, evidence that the government's high school extension program is working, education minister Jeremy Rockliff says...

High Court rules against eligibility
ABC News, 9 May 2018
Citizenship renunciation issues will force Braddon Labor MP Justine Keay to face a by-election following today's High Court ruling that Senator Katy Gallagher was ineligible to be elected on the grounds of similar citizenship issues...

Bullet Five by-elections loom, ABC News, 9 May 2018

The Budget's highlights for schools
The Conversation (opinion by Andrew Norton and Glenn C. Savage), 9 May 2018
Areas of school education featuring in the 2018-19 Federal Budget are:
Dot the Schooling Resource Standard (progressive rise in funding)
Dot the National Schools Chaplaincy Program
Dot early childhood education
Dot early learning languages program
Dot Sporting Schools program
Dot the MoneySmart Teaching program
Dot the supply of quality teachers

Budget delivered
ABC News, 8 May 2018
The Federal Treasurer, Scott Morrison, has delivered the 2018-19 Budget. ...

Bullet Winners and losers (ABC)
Bullet Better education opportunities, Simon Birmingham Minister for Education, 8 May 2018
Bullet For more on education spending see Guaranteeing the Essential Services on the Budget Papers website
Bullet Budget Papers website main page

Teacher and studentsTEACHING PROFESSION
Adaptability a good characteristic
The Conversation (opinion), 8 May 2018
Being adaptable in the classroom improves a teacher's well-being and makes them more likely to stay in the profession, three academics argue...

Winds have passed
BoWindM website, 7 May 2018
Tonight's period of damaging winds is finally over....

Bullet BoM warnings
Bullet Power outages (TasNetworks)
Bullet Road closures (Tas Police)

Clarence C of E consultation begins
Tas Govt media release, 7 May 2018
Consultation over the Water and Trades Centre of Excellence to be established at Clarence commenced today...

Valentine to win in Leg Co election
ABC News, 6 May 2018
Tas Parliament
Counting for the Legislative Council seats of Hobart and Prosser is well under way, with Independent Rob Valentine being set to return in Hobart and the Liberals' Jane Howlett currently ahead in a three-way tussle in Prosser...

Bullet Tas Electoral Commission results

Use our best teachers better
ABC News (opinion), 4 May 2018
The Gonski 2.0 review recommends that career pathways for teachers need to be improved...

ABC News, 4 May 2018
NAPLAN testing is being used dishonestly as a school rating system and should be scrapped, NSW education minister Rob Stokes says...

NAPLAN bandwidth fear
ABC News, 2 May 2018
Some Western Australian schools will restrict student computer use in the rest of the school to ensure enough bandwidth is available for students completing NAPLAN tests online...

Surprise Speaker
ABC News, 1 May 2018
Sue HickeyFormer lord mayor and new Liberal MHA Sue Hickey has been elected Speaker of the House of Assembly, to the surprise of her Liberal colleagues who had expected Rene Hidding to be elected to the role...

Pell to stand trial
ABC News, 1 May 2018
JusticeCardinal George Pell is to stand trial on about half of his original historical sexual offence charges...





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