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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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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 NSW Education Minister Adrian Piccoli says the certificate is out of date.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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IPS model expands in WA

Western Australia is moving towards giving all public schools independence so they can manage their own money, staffing and programs, the state's education minister says. Minister Liz Constable and WA Premier Colin Barnett announced on Monday that 73 public schools ...

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One of the ‘forgotten arts’

The Australian Ballet is going on the road to encourage school students to get in touch with their inner dancer. The company's educational program, Out There, will visit schools nationwide with young performers taking to the stage to promote movement ...

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Legislate or educate?

The federal government says education, rather than legislation, is the best way to protect children using Facebook and other social media. But the government has agreed to look at proposals being prepared by South Australia, including tighter age limits on ...

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Strathewen PS re-opens

The Victorian community of Strathewen has welcomed the opening of its new primary school more than two years after it was destroyed in the Black Saturday bushfires. State education minister Martin Dixon officially opened the rebuilt school yesterday. "The opening ...

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