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The Baillieu government has not issued any truancy fines to parents whose children missed school without a good excuse, despite last year announcing a crackdown on absenteeism.  The Flinders News January 17, 2013.   Parents Victoria's Executive Officer, Gail McHardy, comments.



A teacher at a leading Melbourne high school has reportedly quit her job after posting raunchy pictures of herself and making explicit sexual references on a public Twitter account.  Parents Victoria President, Sharron Healy, comments.  The Age,  December 16, 2012

The Age, December 5, 2012.


Parents Victoria's Executive Officer has spoken with Minister Hall and Minister Dixon's staff regarding this matter and the implications for families and schools.  We have also impressed upon the President of the Australian Education Union about the disruption and challenges these bans present to local communities and schools - and also how it impacts on relationships at the school level (parents, school councillors, school management, non AEU teachers).

*  We acknowledge that we have been contacted by parents, school councillors and principals (as DEECD employees) who are frustrated in the current environment - which is ongoing and prolonged.

*  We encourage schools to communicate with their communities and to state their position clearly to alleviate angst and anxiety within their community.  We are fully aware that parents would rather be informed than not, on issues which affect them and their children.

*  We suggest you visit the "keep the promise" website to keep up to date with information regarding bans, campaigns and general updates.  It includes information regarding rolling regional stoppages and opportunity to 'sign up and tell Ted to keep his promise'.

We were recently contacted by a Western Metropolitan Region Primary School in regards to letters that their School Council and community members have sent to Minister Hall and Minister Dixon (copies to local MP).  We provide these EBA sample letters to Ministers to you, as a proactive example of action this school has taken to express their dissatisfaction with what the Government is doing to resolve this matter quickly.

We encourage people to communicate their views, to articulate the impacts and to call on the Premier to resolve this matter ASAP.


Students will be asked to rate their teachers and the results will be used to push under-performing schools to lift their game.  The Age November 19, 2012  Parents Victoria's Executive Officer, Gail McHardy comments.


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