On 18 October 2012 Council and Companion House hosted a forum with local parent groups (P&Cs), educators and members of new and emerging communities in the ACT to discuss the problems faced by refugee students .
As the dust settles from the ACT election and a Labor-Greens minority government emerges to lead Canberra for the next four years, Council’s policy officer Tim Lawley takes a look at some of the education election commitments made by the parties.
The first phase of the Australian Curriculum implementation is progressing on schedule throughout ACT public schools.
The Centenary 2020 Vision project asks school students in the ACT to use their creativity, innovation and optimism to imagine how Canberra will be different when it has achieved the Government's greenhouse gas emissions target for the year 2020.
On Monday 3 September Prime Minister Julia Gillard addressed the National Press Club with her long awaited response to the Gonski Review of school funding. In addressing Gonski, the Prime Minister has initiated a National Plan for School Improvement, encompassing many of the issues facing our schools.
The ACT government handed down its budget for the 2012-2013 fiscal year on 5 June. Council has been involved in the budget process by providing submissions to Treasury along with submitting our concerns directly to the government.
Successive governments, academics and teachers themselves have noted an increasing issue in the teaching profession. This is the 8-10 year pay plateau which was highlighted in the recent Productivity Commission report into Schools’ Workforces.
A push by the government for healthier food options at school canteens has left many in a tight financial situation. Council has brought the issue to the attention of the Government.
Evatt Primary School's Green Fair and Council's sustainability policy goes national
Council joined the Australian Education for Sustainability Alliance (AESA) in March to lobby politicians at Parliament House, requesting funding for a national sustainability curriculum.