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Teachers from about 120 state schools in Melbourne's eastern suburbs will walk off the job today in the first of a series of staggered half-day strikes across Victoria.  The Age October 16, 2012  Parents Victoria President, Sharron Healy, comments

Parents Victoria strongly supports the 50 recommendations in the "Held Back" report, the first of its kind by a human rights commission in Australia. The recommendations build upon those identified by a national review of the Disability Standards for Education 2005 and the Victorian Auditor-General's audit of programs for students with special learning needs.  The Commission has expressed its willingness to work with Government and stakeholders to achieve a better deal for students with disabilities.

Issues covered included:  Enrolment; Participation; Curriculum development, accreditation & delivery; Student Support Services; Harassment & victimisation; Issues of concern; Part-time schooling, suspension & expulsion of students with disabilities; Use of restraint and seclusion in schools; Inadequacy of school transport; Transition; Complaints system; Funding and resources; Workforce capacity and Leadership & accountability - a very extensive list !  Please read the report and related resources, share the links and provide your feedback to Parents Victoria via facebook, email, letters or by phone!

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Parents would be banned from drinking at school fetes, discos, concerts, graduation nights and sports days under a plan that aims to prevent children developing alcohol problems.  The AGE September 23, 2012  Parents Victoria's Immediate Past President, Elaine Crowle, quoted

.....  at Rod Laver Arena. , September 5, 2012  Parents Victoria's Executive Officer, Gail McHardy, speaks.

The achievement gaps between rich and poor exposed by Gonski are nothing less than a national scandal.  The Age, August 27, 2012


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