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Parents Victoria's Executive Officer, Gail McHardy, wrote to 3AW re Acacia College Closure.  "2012 has seen Public and Private schools to close by the end of this school year.  Question to Government:- What care is being taken to plan for these so called unexpected events / outcomes of 'unsustainable' schools?  Mernda is a huge growth area and our public school system is not being funded, promoted or infrastructure built to accommodate the current growing population rates in our local bursting suburbs.  Question: - Irrespective of who owns / manages a school it is evident from these closure announcements that the people who are enrolled and employed at them are not communicated to effectively - who is accountable for poor or mismanagement and who wears the cost as a result?  These questions need to be answered Mr Baillieu!"


Media requests are being received by Parents Victoria, about Teacher Industrial Action - for example, regarding the omission of  'comments' on Student Reports.  Some school communities are writing to the Premier, Minister for Education and local MP for both Government and the Australian Education Union to settle the industrial dispute immediately!
School communities are urging the State Government to take prompt action to resolve this problem with the State Education teachers, quickly - please put pen to paper, email or telephone your local media and radio stations too - raise your voice in the interests of Public Education.   We need to train, pay and retain our teachers in our system but at the same time make sure Governments and Unions act with sense and responsibility!


A tribunal has ruled that children who opt out of special religious instruction classes in state primary schools are not being discriminated against under the Equal Opportunity Act.  The Age October 19, 2012

Because our members instructed the Parents Victoria Executive to take up the Special Religious Instruction issue with the government, we are providing you with the opportunity to voice your opinion to The Age on the VCAT decision.

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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