SOS: Fully Fund Public Schools to Increase Productivity

A new article by Save Our Schools’ National Convenor Trevor Cobbold draws a link between the PM’s recent statement on increasing productivity and school funding. The article begins: Prime Minister Albanese says that increasing productivity is a priority for the Labor Government. A key component of increasing productivity is improving workforce knowledge and skills. However, […]

Unvaxxed teachers: PV media comment

The Age reported today that, “Unvaccinated teachers, school staff and childcare workers will be free to return to work from next week, just two months after hundreds were officially terminated over their refusal to be inoculated against COVID-19.” PV Chief Executive Officer Gail McHardy is quoted in the article. Gail said the end of the […]

School levies: PV media comment

The Age reported today (21 June) that, “a decline in voluntary payments from parents this year could force schools to cut curricular programs.” According to the article, “Caulfield secondary school Glen Eira College wrote to parents on Friday warning that it had already spent its annual budget in voluntary payments from families and was reviewing […]

Curriculum conversations

Questions were raised at a PV Board meeting earlier this year, about the state of financial literacy/consumer education in Victorian schools. Board members considered this area an important priority and wanted to know what is being taught in schools. So we asked the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority (VCAA). Here (in part) is their reply: […]

School Community Safety Orders: PV media comment

Recent media reports have misrepresented PV’s position on School Community Safety Orders, which are due to come into force early next month. The Orders will give school Principals the power to ban parents from school grounds if they regard the parents’ behaviour as “harmful, threatening or abusive”. We have expressed strong concerns about these Orders […]

Schools sue parents: PV media comment

Media outlets have reported recent cases where schools have sued parents over critical comments on social media. The Herald-Sun reported on 9 June that “Parents and students ranting against teachers and principals on social media are being sued by schools, with recent court payouts of more than $100,000 for some comments.” The story was picked […]