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"Thousands of children are studying in buildings lined with asbestos, but the state government says it has no plans to remove the potentially toxic material from schools."  The Age April 29, 2012   Parents Victoria's Executive Officer, Gail McHardy, comments

 

Parents Victoria, said schools were already expected to do so many things.  "How could this not be viewed by the public as advocating responsible gambling?" executive officer Gail McHardy said.  Ms McHardy said there was a need to make sure health and financial literacy education did reflect current social issues but relevance of content, age appropriateness and consultation with school communities was essential."  WA Today  April 12, 2012

 

"The frustration is that many schools aren't forthcoming with this information because they don't want to raise anxiety.  But we have to learn from these statistics to make sure we're putting more pressure on the government to prevent them."  Parents Victoria's Executive Officer, Gail McHardy quoted.  The Age, April 10, 2012

 

The Minister for School Education invites parents to take part in this live Forum on Monday, April 2 - 6.30pm - 7.30pm in Canberra.  This event offers parents an opportunity to discuss key school reforms with Minister Garrett.

Live streamed via the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations, parents are able to submit questions prior to the event for the Minister's consideration, or on the day of the event people participating online can submit questions via live chat facility.  

Victoria has stressed that any changes to school funding should be phased in over eight years to fulfil the federal government's promise that "no school lose a single dollar per student".  The Age, February 16, 2012

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