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Allowance requirements unfair: parents

The Isolated Children's Parents' Association is asking the government to make the payments available to all regional students, no matter where they live. The government has tightened the youth allowance eligibility criteria so that students who come from city and ...

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Disability awareness campaign for schools launched

A not-for-profit disability services provider is spearheading a month-long campaign to promote awareness of disability among the community, and young people in particular. The campaign, Scope See Me September, aims to challenge perceptions of people living with a disability, said ...

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International report validates reforms: Garrett

Teachers should be paid according to their skills, not years of service, an international report on the Australian schools system has said. The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) report, released today, found that career progression for Australian teachers ...

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NAPLAN nightmares

It's usually by week three of the new school year that the emails from parents start flooding Maggie Dent's inbox. Worry and stress caused by the impending NAPLAN test isn't exclusive to the parents of children in Year 3, says ...

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High Court to hear chaplaincy case next week

Queensland father Ron Williams will next week take on the federal government in the High Court over its funding of a chaplain at his children's school. Williams, of Toowoomba, west of Brisbane, will argue the funding is unconstitutional. Scripture Union ...

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School Certificate scrapped

The NSW government says it will abolish the School Certificate from next year. NSW Education Minister Adrian Piccoli says the certificate is out of date. "There has been some concern over the last few years that it has become somewhat ...

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Ethics to stay, says O’Farrell

NSW Premier Barry O'Farrell says school ethics classes are here to stay, even though the coalition government has promised to consider a push by crossbench MP Fred Nile to scrap them. The Greens and Labor have accused O'Farrell of doing ...

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