Election 2013 Western Australia March 9

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Education Matters

Candidates graded on Freo high school fixes

via Freo High School Options

Parents' community campaign, High School Options for Fremantle (HSOF) have released its scorecard for the WA state election.

Each of the four main candidates/parties was assessed based on their written answers to five key questions.

HSOF Convenor, Traci Gamblin, said, "Our main aim was to make the serious problems besetting high school education in Fremantle a central feature in the contest for the seat."

The Nationals WA to support gifted and talented education pathways

Nationals Statement

The Nationals WA have today announced plans to expand Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) pathways into regional Senior High Schools, should they win the balance of power at the upcoming State election.

Ms Davies said the delivery of GATE programs to regional schools would offer more flexible education pathways for students.

Labor allocates $20m to fast track rollout of SOE4 in regional WA

Labor Statement February 21

A McGowan Government will allocate $20million over four years to fast track the roll-out of an award-winning, state-of-the-art wireless network operating system for more than 200 regional primary schools, Shadow Minister for Education Paul Papalia said today.

Mr Papalia said the Standard Operating Environment 4 (SOE4) operating system allowed schools to make use of any wireless devices, tablets, laptops or PCs, within their school.

Greens launch Support for Schools Action Plan

Greens Statement

All students must be supported at school to achieve their very best regardless of their background or circumstances, says Greens WA spokesperson for education Alison Xamon.

WA Labor unveils its Science Skills of the Future Strategy for Western Australia

Labor Statement

A McGowan Labor Government will develop a Science Skills of the Future Strategy for Western Australia which will guide the Government in developing the skilled workforce of the future, WA Labor Leader Mark McGowan said today.

"My vision for Western Australia is of a broad economy which generates jobs in a diverse range of industries," Mr McGowan said.

Calls for Review of Disability Funding Assessments

source Janet Woollard

Independent Member for Alfred Cove, Dr Janet Woollard MP, is calling on the State Government to review funding and care level assessments for students with disabilities.  This follows a recent incident in which the Department of Education’s Schools Plus  funding program rejected the application for full time care for a kindergarten student who requires this support to ensure she is safe at school and able to interact with other children and staff.
Dr Woollard said the current system was onerous, time consuming, difficult and has the potential to inadvertently exclude students with disabilities who require significant care.

Hipkins Criticises Marmion Support

Independent candidate Max Hipkins has criticised Bill Marmion's support for Shenton Park Auditorium.

Hipkins has said about Marmion, 'opponent gives support only in election lead-up'.

Progress, but future of Secondary Education in Fremantle still in doubt

by High School Options for Fremantle

Responding to today’s announcement by WA Labor on its secondary education platform for Fremantle, the High School Options for Fremantle (HSOF) parents’ group said it supported the party’s long-term plan to enhance science programs at South Fremantle but that opening John Curtin high school to local children was also essential.

Support for eastern suburbs university

Liberal Announcement

Premier Colin Barnett has announced the Liberals’ plan, if re-elected, to see the establishment of a university campus in Midland to provide tertiary education opportunities to Perth’s eastern suburbs, hills and regional areas.

“We are committed to providing better access to tertiary education to people in the eastern suburbs and promoting opportunities in this region,” Mr Barnett said.

South Fremantle SHS to become a leader in science education

Labor Statement

WA Labor will invest $3million to make South Fremantle Senior High School one of the State's leading education centres for science.

Mr McGowan said as part of this plan WA Labor would establish a selective Gifted and Talented (GATE) program at South Fremantle Senior High School, spend $2 million upgrading its science facilities and establish the State's first Future Science Centre.

WA Labor will fund WACSSO School Council training

source: WACSSO

In a letter responding to WACSSO last month, Minister for Education Hon. Peter Collier was unable to match Shadow Minister Paul Papalia’s announcement in August that WA Labor would return funding to WACSSO to undertake school council/board training for parents on the back of strong demand from school communities.

WA Labor to invest $1.27b in school infrastructure

Labor Statement

A McGowan Labor Government will invest almost $1.27billion in school infrastructure to make sure Perth's schools are equipped to give children a 21st century education, WA Labor Leader Mark McGowan said today.

Mr McGowan said WA Labor supports public education and believes every child should get a quality education, no matter where they live.

$ 4m to engage students in learning

Liberal Statement

Funding to specialised schools helping students with social, emotional or behavioural difficulties will be increased to $4million over four years under a Liberal Government.
Education Minister Peter Collier said the money would go to Curriculum and Re-engagement in Education (CARE) schools which currently enrol more than 800 disengaged students across 10 sites.

WA Labor makes school attendance a priority

Labor Statement

A WA Labor Government will make school attendance a priority by adopting a whole-of-government response to attendance problems confronting WA schools, WA Labor Leader Mark McGowan said today.

Mr McGowan said a student is considered to regularly attend school if they attend for at least 90 per cent of the time. According to the Department of Education's Annual reports, attendance rates among Aboriginal secondary students fell from 69 per cent in 2007-08 to 64 per cent in 2011-12.

Ellenbrook school to open two years earlier

Liberal Statement

Families in Ellenbrook North will benefit from a brand new secondary school built two years ahead of schedule thanks to State Government planning.

Education Minister Peter Collier said $54million had been allocated to build a new secondary school at Ellenbrook North.

Fremantle Education - A Solution

Our case for change – High School Options for Fremantle February 2013

by High School Options for Freo

Hundreds of Fremantle parents are anxiously asking: to which high school will I send my kids? Will they get into John Curtin?
Over 350 Fremantle-area people filled in our survey, with many saying they would reluctantly send their children to private school or move to another suburb, if they did not get into John Curtin.

Premiers Education Dollars Dont Add Up

Premier Barnett and Minister Collier recently released an announcement on additional Child Parent Centre support facilities at schools.

This was in addition to centres announced in the Western Australian Government budget for 2012/13.

More Child/Parent Centres to support families

Liberal Announcement January 25

Premier Colin Barnett today announced six new Child and Parent Centres across Western Australia to provide vital services for vulnerable families with young children.
Speaking at the Western Australian Council of Social Services New Year Sector Breakfast today, Mr Barnett said this would bring to 16 the total number of centres to be established at public primary school sites offering child development, health and parent support programs and services.

Country Education and Population Loss - A youth perspective

by Nick Warland

I want to preface this article by noting a couple of aspects of rural life and statistics which impact the way in which this issue is reported, and indeed the view from which I personally perceive this issue. Firstly, the numbers that I use are only estimates. I have spent time trawling through my memory bank and Facebook friends to find out exactly who has left the Kojonup district for the purpose of education. I would say that the number I have worked out is slightly lower than the actual figure itself. There are a lot of people who have moved that I am either unaware of, or didn’t know about. I should also note that the figure I will be using is an estimate of how many people have left Kojonup for educational purposes who were most likely present on Census night in 2006, but not present in Kojonup at the time of the 2011 census.

The IPS Debacle Continues

SSTUWA Statement

State School Teachers Union President Anne Gisborne said today that Education Minister Peter Collier’s announcement that he plans to make almost every school an Independent Public School (IPS) is a complete abdication of the Barnett Government’s responsibility for equity in the education of our children.

Major reforms to raise bar on literacy and numeracy

Ministers Statement

All Western Australian students would be supported to meet minimum literacy and numeracy standards by the time they graduate under major reforms to the State’s senior secondary education system announced today.

Freo Parents Continue For Fair Education

Parents in the Fremante region have continued their push for a fairer Education System within the Fremantle region.

$800,000 Works at Castlereagh School in Willetton

Liberal Statement December 14
Dr Mike Nahan, MLA, Member for Riverton welcomed the State Government funding for Castlereagh School saying the new air conditioning of the school and the heating of its therapy pool would be great assets for the students with disabilities who attend there.

Duncraig High School gets a new administration block

Liberal Annoucement Dec 3

Carine MLA Tony Krsticevic has welcomed the State Government’s announcement that it has committed $5million to build a new administration block at Duncraig High School.

Freo For Schools Group Press Release Over Minister Report Card

Press Release

Report Card: Minister Peter Collier, 2012 “This student has real potential if he applies himself. Procrastinating tendencies…”

On this last day of school for 2012, Fremantle families have sent Minister Collier a report card on how he has handled the Fremantle high schools matter, indicating a failing grade to meet the educational needs of the community.

Education Minister Receives Report Card From Fremantle

Local Fremantle group, seeking to have the Education pathways in Fremantle repaired have issued a report card to Education Minister Collier.

Fremantle Community Disillusioned With School Pathway

The Fremantle community is so disillusioned with the Education system they have started their own group and website to address the problem.

Amazingly patient the matter dates back to 1989, however, they have now commenced a program to get the government to take notice of the issue.

Year 11 and 12 Education Cost Are Not Controlled

If you understood Secondary Education cost in Public Costs to be limited in year 11 and 12, as in other school years, by the Western Australian government that is certainly not the case.

Year 11 and 12 education recoverable costs are fully recoverable from parent or guardians, unlike others earlier education years were limits on recoveries are placed on schools by the government.


Teacher Registration Board starts work

Ministerial Statement
The new body responsible for the ongoing registration of Western Australia’s teachers has started work in readiness for the 2013 education year.

Multi-million dollar makeover for Busselton SHS

Ministerial Statement

Busselton Senior High School staff and students are enjoying modern upgraded facilities thanks to a State Government investment of $3million.

Pilbara Cities Education Fund for local training

Ministerial Release

Regional Development Minister Brendon Grylls and Education Minister Peter Collier have announced $692,000 from the State Government’s Royalties for Regions Pilbara Education Partnership Fund towards the establishment of Curtin University’s innovative teaching and simulation learning facility at Port Hedland.

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